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MCLB-Albany commander leaving post

From left, retired Master Sgt. Henry Jackson, an original Montford Point Marine, stands with Lance Cpl. Nicole Dickinson as Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, cuts the cake at the annual birthday celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the installation Wednesday.

From left, retired Master Sgt. Henry Jackson, an original Montford Point Marine, stands with Lance Cpl. Nicole Dickinson as Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, cuts the cake at the annual birthday celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the installation Wednesday.

ALBANY, Ga. - Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, will soon leave his post as the installation's top leader in a change of command ceremony scheduled to take place on the base in the next few weeks.

Williams is expected to move on to the Installations and Logistics at the Pentagon. He has been commander of the base since June 2009 when he relieved Col. C.N. Haliday from the post.

A spokesman for the base has confirmed that Williams' replacement will be Lt. Col. Donald Davis.

According to his bio on the MCLB website, Williams is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1986. In 1987, he attended the Basic School and received an Engineer Officer military occupational specialty.

In 1988, after attending the Marine Corps Basic Engineer Course, he was was assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan. During this period, he served as a platoon and company commander. In 1989, Williams was reassigned as a series officer at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, Calif., in the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, where he also served as Battalion Adjutant and Personnel Officer. He was promoted to captain in 1991.

After a successful tour on the drill field, Williams was assigned to G-4, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, N.C., as the engineer officer where he deployed to Dade County, Fla., to support hurricane relief operations as a Marine liaison to Joint Task Force Andrew in 1992. During his tour, he also served as the operations, logistics, and engineer division officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 274. In addition, served as the ground operations officer for Headquarters, Marine Wing Support Group 27.

In 1994, Williams attended the U.S. Army Advance Engineer School. Upon completing the course, he was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp Lejeune N.C., where he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer and Operations Officer. He was promoted to major in 1997.

From 1997-1998, Williams attended the Naval Command and General Staff College in Newport, R.I. Upon graduation, he attended the Joint Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and subsequently reported to the Engineering Division, U.S. Pacific Command where he was assigned the duties of Engineer Action Officer and deployed to Australia and East Timor as part of International Forces East Timor. In 2000, Maj. Williams was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp for the commander at the U.S. Pacific Command.

In 2002, Williams was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assigned to Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for duty as detachment executive officer.

From 2003 to 2005, Williams was assigned as the commanding officer, 8th Engineer Support Battalion. During this tour he deployed to Haiti in 2004 as the commanding officer of Combat Service Support Detachment 20 in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow, and in 2005 to Iraq with his battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2006 Williams attended the National War College in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation he was assigned to Allied Command Transformation, Staff Element Europe as a logistics defense planning officer for NATO. During this assignment, he deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Branch Head, Directorate for Afghan National Army Training and Equipping Support, Headquarters International Security Assistance Forces, NATO.

Williams was promoted to colonel in January 2008. He was reassigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Installations & Logistics Department in Arlington, Va., in July 2008 where he served as the operations officer for the Facilities and Services Division until June 2009. After that, he assumed his post in Albany.

Williams’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal with two bronze stars.