Operation Homefront Appoints Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Williams to Its Board of Directors

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Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.

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“Command Sgt. Maj. Williams is a world-class leader with a clear understanding of what our military families need both while they serve our great nation and as they transition back to their civilian communities,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront.

Operation Homefront, which has been serving America’s military families® since 2002, announced today that retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Williams has joined the nonprofit’s national board of directors. Williams is the manager of business development at BAE Systems.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Williams is a world-class leader with a clear understanding of what our military families need both while they serve our great nation and as they transition back to their civilian communities. He will be a huge asset to our organization and ultimately the military families we seek to serve,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront.

As the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officers, Williams monitored and served as an advocate for all enlisted personnel within his units. He provided counsel and guidance to soldiers, including non-commissioned officers, within their chain of command. He was responsible for the training, discipline, and professional development of all soldiers within the command and was the principal advisor on the assignment of all enlisted personnel within the command.

“Universally respected in the military and in the business world for his judgment and leadership skills, Anthony is a great addition to the Operation Homefront board,” said Lt. Gen. (ret.) Brian Arnold, the chairman of Operation Homefront’s board of directors. His expertise will be invaluable in helping us continue to accomplish our mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

As a command sergeant major from 1991 to 2005, Williams served as the senior enlisted advisor at all levels of command, from Field Artillery Battalion to the four-star level as the command sergeant major of the Training and Doctrine Command.

“I am thrilled to be working with a team of professionals, whose mission is to take care of servicemembers and their families, said Command Sergeant Major (ret.) Anthony Williams. I plan to stay engaged and contribute as much as possible while serving on the Operation Homefront Board of Directors.”

Williams changed the Command Sergeant Major Designee Course to maximize facilitator and student interaction. He also redesigned the Spouse Leadership Course, and he created branch Proponency Day, which gave students an opportunity to see how other branches worked. Under the guidance of the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack Tilley, Williams led the total redesign of the Primary Leadership Development Course, ensuring that the tasks being taught were relevant and met the needs of the Army. Serving the same purpose, he was also instrumental in the redesign of the Sergeants Major Course.

Williams is a native of Canton, Miss., who served in the Army from 1972 to 2005. Williams holds associate and bachelor’s degrees in general studies from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., as well as a master’s degree in arts and sciences from Webster University. Williams has numerous awards, including the Ancient and Honorable Order of St. Barbara, Order of Saint Maurice, and the Ancient Order of Saint Christopher. He is also a lifetime member of the prestigious Sergeant Morales and Sergeant Audie Murphy clubs.

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About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

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