First Army sergeant earns honors at Basic NCO Course
Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller (left), First Army commanding general, presents Sgt. Frankie L. Williams with an Army Commendation Medal and certificate Oct. 31 for his efforts in being the distinguished honor graduate during his Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, First Army commanding general, presented Sgt. Frankie L. Williams with an Army Commendation Medal and certificate during First Army's end of the month hail and farewell ceremony Oct. 31.

Williams, who successfully completed Phases I and II of the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course at Fort Jackson, S.C., from July 13 through Aug. 19, surpassed 71 fellow students to earn the title of distinguished honor graduate.

"Sgt. Williams has done an outstanding job," said Miller. "Achieving such recognition is no easy feat."

Williams, an administrative NCO to First Army's Secretary of the General Staff, said while other students took time off from their studies to go sightseeing over the weekends, he used that time to study and hone his NCO skills.

"I studied very hard," Williams said. "I want to be the best."

Williams also gave his noncommissioned officer in charge, Sgt. 1st Class Linda A. Battle, credit for coaching him to success.

"I appreciated her support," Williams said, "although sometimes she felt like a drill sergeant."

Williams said his wife, Cheryl, supported him, "even though we have a small son, Frankie Lee Williams III, and one (another child) on the way."

Williams, who has served in the Army for 10 years, said he plans to make the Army a life-long career.

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