ASU hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

Article Published: May. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Appalachian State University will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31, at 7:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the west side of the Dougherty Administration Building.

Maj. Maury A. Williams from Appalachian's Department of Military Science and Leadership will be the guest speaker. Activities include a flag-raising ceremony followed by a brief program.

A continental breakfast will be served in the administration building lobby following the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Williams is the executive officer for Appalachian's Army ROTC Program. He graduated from Appalachian with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and numerous other Army and Joint schools and courses.

His military career spans more than 26 years of service, all of which has been with the N.C. Army National Guard. Prior to coming to Appalachian, Williams was the chief operations officer for the 189th Infantry Brigade.

Williams enlisted in the National Guard at age 17. Upon entering college at Appalachian, he enrolled in Army ROTC and participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program with the 505th Engineer Battalion.

He was commissioned under the Early Commissioning Program as a second lieutenant and served as a construction engineer platoon leader for the 505th Engineer Battalion's Bravo Company based in Kings Mountain.

After graduating from Appalachian, Williams attended the Engineer Officers Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

His assignments include: Construction Officer for the 505th Engineer Battalion, Gastonia; Company Commander for Charlie Company of the 505th Engineer Battalion; War-trace Planner for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 30th Engineer Brigade, Charlotte; Battalion Executive Officer, 505th Engineer Battalion, Gastonia; Brigade Senior Logistician for the 30th Engineer Brigade, Charlotte and Balad, Iraq; and Chief Operations Officer, 4th Brigade, 78th Division, Fort Bragg.

Williams' awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Overseas Service Training Ribbon, North Carolina Meritorious Service Medal, North Carolina Achievement Medal, North Carolina State Active Duty Award and North Carolina Service Award.

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