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La. Army National Guard promotes Violet native to lieutenant colonel

Surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, the Louisiana National Guard promoted James Williams, Jr. to the rank of lieutenant colonel at Camp Beauregard in Pineville on Dec. 18.

“I remember when I first met Lt. Col. Williams in 1997. He was a young E-5 not long off active duty, and I decided to make him a platoon leader as an E-5. The one thing I noticed about him was that he was always smiling and he led his Soldiers from the front the entire time,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG. “He’s always been one of the leaders we’ve depended on, and I want to congratulate you on [your promotion] today.”

Originally from Violet, Williams is a 1987 honor graduate of St. Bernard High School. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was commissioned in 1998 as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through the direct commission program.


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