Iredell County commissioners present retired colonel with Distinguished Citizen Award
PHOTO: Pictured (from left) are Kelli Williams, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) David “Tim” Williams and Iredell County Commission Chairman James Mallory.
BY KARISSA MILLER
David “Tim” Williams decided to take a break from the frontlines of military service after his first child was born in 1997, opting for a position with the defense intelligence agency.
Soon after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Statesville native returned to active duty without missing a beat. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on three different occasions in the ensuing years, rising to the rank of colonel before retiring from the U.S. Army.
Iredell County Commissioner Chairman James Mallory recently presented a proclamation, on behalf of the board, to Williams in recognition of more than 29 years of service to his country.
Williams’ “exemplary service in defense of our Nation is cause for all Iredell County citizens to celebrate and an example for young men and women of Iredell County to emulate,” Mallory said.
After graduating from Statesville High School in 1988, Williams attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he joined the Army National Guard Cadet Corps and served in leadership positions.
He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1992 and assigned to the Infantry, later serving in the 24 Infantry Division in Ft. Stewart, Ga.
The most important mission of his military career occurred about seven or eight years ago, William said.
“It was the (response to the) Benghazi attacks,” Williams recalled, “you couldn’t image the things that were going on.”
Williams, in a surprising and symbolic gesture, presented Mallory with a vial of sand from Tripoli Beach, which he said was obtained from a good friend while he was in Libya.
Williams plans on retiring to the Statesville area with his wife Kelli and their two children.