SgtMaj Lester L. Williams
Sergeant Major Lester L. Williams enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 28 December 1992, and attended Recruit Training at MCRD Parris Island, SC. After Completion of Recruit Training in March 1993 he reported to the School of Infantry for Marine Combat Training, New River, NC. In May 1993 he reported to Motor Transportation Vehicle Operators Course at Camp Johnson, NC.
In June 1993 PFC Williams received orders to Twenty Nine Palms, CA and reported to 3rd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, which later was renamed 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. During this tour he performed the duties of Motor Vehicle Operator and explosive ordnance driver.
In October 1995 LCpl Williams received orders to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 MCAS, Iwakuni, Japan. During this tour he performed the duties of Motor Vehicle Operator, Squad Leader and Licensing Examiner for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
In November 1996 Cpl Williams received orders and was transferred to 7th Motor Transportation Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA which was renamed 1st Transportation Support Battalion. During this tour he performed the duties of Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, 1st First Service Support Group Unit Movement Control Center Watch Chief, and 1st First Service Support Group Road-Master.
In March 2001 Sgt Williams received orders and reported to Marine Corps Combat Service Support School, Camp Johnson, NC as permanent personnel. During this tour he served with the Motor Transport Platoon, performing the duties of Platoon Sergeant/Truck Master, Battalion (Bn) Billeting Chief, Bn Maintenance Management Chief, and the Bn MCMAP Instructor.
In May 2004 SSgt Williams received orders to Marine Security Guard Battalion, Marine Security Guard (MSG) School, Quantico, VA. Upon completion of MSG School, SSgt Williams reported to United States Consulate, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the Detachment Commander. In 2005 SSgt Williams was selected to report to Marine Security Guard Bn to serve as an Instructor Advisor for MSG School. As an Instructor Advisor he served as the Defensive Tactics Instructor, Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor and mentored and advised several Marines on their duties as Detachment Commanders and Watch-Standers.
In June 2007 GySgt Williams received orders to 1st Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 where he was assigned to Combat Logistic Battalion 5. He assumed the duties as Company Gunnery Sergeant for Motor Transport Company. He deployed with CLB 5 in support of OIF 8.2. He deployed again as the Company 1stSgt for Transportation Support Company B, CLB 5 in support of OEF 10.1.
In 2010 1stSgt Williams received Permanent Change of Assignment orders to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, where he was assigned as Company 1stSgt for A and B Company from February 2011 to January 2013.
In January 2013 1stSgt Williams received orders to Command Element Marine Forces Central Command Forward, Manama, Bahrain where he served as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant. While assigned to HQCo CE MarFor CentCom, 1stSgt Williams completed his Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.
In January 2015 he received orders to 1st Marine Division, 11th Marines to serve as the Battalion Sergeant Major for 5th Battalion 11th Marines.
In December 2017 Sergeant Major Williams assumed the duties as Squadron Sergeant Major for VMFA 121, MAG 12, 1st MAW.
Sergeant Major Williams' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/2 gold star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/1 gold star, and the Good Conduct Medal w/1 silver and 1 bronze star.