Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that U.S. Army Colonel Timothy Paschal Williams will become the next Adjutant General of the Virginia and lead the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force following the retirement of Major General Daniel E. “Chip” Long, Jr.
“Colonel Tim Williams’ vision, record of service and commitment to keeping Virginians safe make him the right choice to become Virginia’s next Adjutant General,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As a distinguished leader in the U.S. Army and the Virginia National Guard who served our country in Iraq, Colonel Williams understands the Guard, the men and women who serve in it and the critical role they play in protecting our way of life as Virginians. I look forward to continuing to work with soon-to-be General Williams, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and the brave men and women of the Virginia National Guard to respond to whatever emergencies may arise and keep our Commonwealth safe.”
Colonel Williams will assume the post following the retirement of Major General Long, who will retire at the end of May. Major General Long was sworn in as the Adjutant General in July 2010 and served in uniform for more than 50 years.
“On behalf of all Virginians, I want to thank Major General Chip Long for his lifetime of service to our Commonwealth and our country as a leader in the U. S. Army and the Virginia National Guard. As the Adjutant General, Major General Long fostered a culture of preparedness throughout the entire organization and his leadership made sure the men and women of the Guard rapidly responded to numerous disasters and emergencies, leaving their families and putting their civilian jobs on hold to keep their fellow Virginians safe.
“Living up to Major General Long’s legacy will be a tall task, but I am confident that we have chosen a worthy successor in Colonel Tim Williams.”
Colonel Williams will bring decades of experience in the U. S. Army and the Virginia National Guard to his post as Adjutant General. Colonel Williams earned his commissioned as a field artillery officer from Virginia Tech in 1985 and served on active duty for five years prior to joining the Virginia Army National Guard. He commanded at the field artillery battery and battalion level before transferring to the logistics corps and commanding the 329th Regional Support Group for four years. His most recent military assignment was J8 director of resource management on the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, and as a civilian he currently serves as Director of Training Support and Doctrine at the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Colonel Williams’ career of service has resulted in numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with the Bronze Service Star following his service in the War in Iraq. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech and Master’s Degrees from Webster University and the U.S. Army War College.