Military roots run deep for Phil Williams. Serving one’s country is a tradition that dates back to his great-grandfather and extends to his son.
LTC Phil Williams takes over command of the 4thAlabama
Williams took his own place in history Sunday when he assumed command of the 1-167th Infantry Battalion, a National Guard unit, in a change of command ceremony atFortMcClellan.
The unit, also known as 4thAlabama, dates back to before the Civil War and is one of the most decorated units in the Alabama Army National Guard.
Even though Williams grew up in a military family, it was not until he completed two years at theUniversityofSouth Alabamathat he decided to also take that path.
He grew up all over the world, the son of a decorated Army officer.
“About every third tour, my father managed to get stationed at Redstone Arsenal,” Williams said.
Williams wasn’t intimidated by generals or other ranking officers as a child. His grandfather was George McBride, a general in the U.S. Army who served in World War II with the 82nd Airborne as a Glider Rider, a division of the paratroopers. He was deputy commander at Redstone Arsenal on the early hydrogen bomb projects and served as a corps logistics officer inVietnam.
Williams’ father, Phil Williams Sr., got his commission as an officer at theUniversityofNorth Alabama. He served two tours inVietnamand was awarded multiple Bronze Stars. AfterVietnam, he was U.S. Army liaison to the British Army.
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