Salutes & Awards

August 9, 2013

NETCOM’s senior enlisted Soldier retires

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Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general, pins the Legion of Merit on Command Sgt. Major Gerald Williams, former NETCOM command sergeant major, during a retirement ceremony in Greely Hall auditorium, Aug. 1. Williams is retiring after 28 years of Army service.

“I would not have become the Soldier I am today without the help I received from my Family, my friends, and my co-workers,” said Command Sgt. Major Gerald Williams, during the retirement ceremony for the former command sergeant major of the Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, in Greely Hall auditorium Aug. 1. Such words brought to life the true feelings of a Soldier who served this country for 28 years with distinction and honor.

“He is, by far, the best noncommissioned officer in the Army today,” said Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, NETCOM commanding general, during remarks at the ceremony. “I can tell you that Command Sergeant Major Williams has excelled in every area that he has ever been associated with.”

Speaking about the early years in Williams’ career with the Army, Lynn spoke about how he quickly moved up in the leadership ranks. “In a four-year period he was selected to be a platoon sergeant and then a first sergeant, said Lynn. “That tells you the type of quality everyone sees in this NCO.”

Ending his remarks, Lynn showed testimonial videos from two of the command’s former commanding generals who also chose Williams to be their senior enlisted Soldier while with NETCOM. Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, Army chief information officer, and Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, U.S. Cyber Command chief of plans and policies, both spoke about how Williams was an exceptional leader and Soldier.

Williams gave all credit for his career achievements to others. He specifically pointed out that without the support from his Family and mentorship from friends and superiors, he would not have been the leader he was today. “Leaders are not born, leaders are developed,” said Williams to a round of applause.

During the awards portion of the ceremony, Williams was presented with the Legion of Merit and the Signal Regiment’s Silver Order of Mercury.

Williams enlisted in the Army as a multi-channel communication equipment operator in Dec. 1984, and graduated from basic training in Feb. 1985. Some highlights of Williams’ service include his work as the command sergeant major for the White House Communications Agency, the 5th Signal Command (Theater) in Germany and the 1st U.S. Army Corps, Fort Lewis, Wash. He also served as the commandant of the Henry H. Lind Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Fort Lewis, Wash.

In addition to receiving the Legion of Merit and the Silver Order of Mercury during the ceremony, Williams’ other awards include two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and five Meritorious Service Medals. He is also a recipient of the Signal Regiment’s Bronze Order of Mercury.




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