March 8, 2002, 14:48 EST

Governor Warner reappoints Williams as Adjutant General

RICHMOND -Governor Mark R. Warner today reappointed Maj. Gen. Claude A. Williams as Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams, 55, leads the Department of Military Affairs and manages the 7,500-member Virginia Army National Guard and the 1,200-member Air National Guard.

Under Williams' leadership, the Guard has achieved steady improvement in overall performance, and was ranked 11th among the nation's 54 Army Guard units in the first quarter of 2002, according to the National Guard Bureau.

"I am pleased that Gen. Williams has agreed to continue serving the Commonwealth and the nation during this critical period," Warner said. "Gen. Williams' leadership has been important as our Guard personnel provide key homeland defense duties following the events of September 11th."

The Virginia National Guard has met mission requirements across a broad spectrum of contingencies, ranging from fighting forest fires to providing security at Virginia's nine commercial airports. In addition, about 350 Virginia Army National Guard soldiers deployed with the 29th Infantry Division last fall as part of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"I am also satisfied that Gen. Williams shares my commitment to recruiting, retaining and promoting minorities in the Guard," Warner said.

Williams earned a degree in Business Administration from Virginia Tech in 1969 and a masters from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1969 and served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

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