• Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, right, deputy commander for operations of the Army Installation Management Command, passes the Fort Hunter Liggett colors to Col. Donna Williams as she assumes command of the garrison.

    New commander takes the colors

    Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, right, deputy commander for operations of the Army Installation Management Command, passes the Fort Hunter Liggett colors to Col. Donna Williams as she assumes command of the garrison.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt, command sergeant major of the Installation Management Command's Central Region, congratulates Fort Hunter Liggett Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Newman on his new "battle buddy," the new Garrison Commander Col. Donna Williams, at a reception in her honor at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

    Command Sergeants Major

    Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt, command sergeant major of the Installation Management Command's Central Region, congratulates Fort Hunter Liggett Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Newman on his new "battle buddy," the new Garrison Commander Col. Donna...

  • Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, left, Installation Management Command deputy commander for operations, and Brig. Gen. Joe Chesnut, commander of the Fourth Brigade, 75th Combat Training Division in Birmingham, Ala., congratulate Col. Donna Williams, new U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Lggett commander.

    Jones and Chesnut congratulate Williams on new command

    Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, left, Installation Management Command deputy commander for operations, and Brig. Gen. Joe Chesnut, commander of the Fourth Brigade, 75th Combat Training Division in Birmingham, Ala., congratulate Col. Donna Williams, new U.S...

  • Sgt. First Class Lee Carranza, left, commands the Fort Hunter Liggett Color Guard as it retires the colors at the conclusion of the change of command ceremony. Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, Col. Donna Williams, and Col. James Suriano stand at attention on the stage.

    Retiring the colors during change of command at Fort Hunter Liggett

    Sgt. First Class Lee Carranza, left, commands the Fort Hunter Liggett Color Guard as it retires the colors at the conclusion of the change of command ceremony. Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, Col. Donna Williams, and Col. James Suriano stand at attention on...

  • King City Mayor Rob Cullen congratulates the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett's new garrison commander, Col. Donna Williams, and welcomes her to the neighborhood at a reception in her honor at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

    Mayor welcomes new commander to Fort Hunter Liggett

    King City Mayor Rob Cullen congratulates the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett's new garrison commander, Col. Donna Williams, and welcomes her to the neighborhood at a reception in her honor at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

  • Col. Donna Williams, new U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett commander, cuts the cake at her reception at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

    New commander cuts the cake at her reception

    Col. Donna Williams, new U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett commander, cuts the cake at her reception at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

  • The welcome sign at Fort Hunter Liggett's main gate reflects the change of command July 12, as Col. Donna Williams assumed command from Col. James Suriano upon his retirement.

    Welcome sign - new commander, Col. Donna Williams

    The welcome sign at Fort Hunter Liggett's main gate reflects the change of command July 12, as Col. Donna Williams assumed command from Col. James Suriano upon his retirement.

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- Col. Donna Williams assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett today as Col. James Suriano retired from the Army. Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, deputy commander for operations of the Army Installation Management Command, presided over the ceremony at the Fort Hunter Liggett Post Theater.

"How can they find someone to continue with the great things your outgoing commander has done?" Jones asked in his remarks. "Donna Williams is the right person for the right time to continue those efforts."

Turning to the new commander, he added, "This organization is going to set a new standard under your command."

In her own remarks, the new commander said, "I sincerely promise members of this command my total commitment, support, and fidelity. I am extremely excited and look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move this installation and organization to the next level, in achieving the mission: excellence."

Distinguished guests in attendance included Maj. Gen. Michael Schweiger, Fort Hunter Liggett's senior commander, from the 63rd Regional Support Command at Moffett Field, Calif.; U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador and retired Col. Daniel Furtado; King City Mayor Rob Cullen; Brig. Gen. Jon Lee, commander of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter Liggett; Brig. Gen. Joe Chesnut, commander of the Fourth Brigade, 75th Combat Training Division in Birmingham, Ala.; Col. Joel Clark, garrison commander at the Presidio of Monterey; and Col. Ernest Parker, director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Williams was the Force Management Division Chief for the United States Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., before her assignment to Fort Hunter Liggett. She is a native of Vicksburg, Miss., and earned her commission through the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Before she entered the Active Guard and Reserve program in 1990, she served as a Civil Engineer in the 412th Engineer Command. She deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2006 to May 2007, serving as the Army Sustainment Command's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Officer.

Her assignments in the AGR program include serving as Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and finally Commander of the 926th Engineer Battalion in Birmingham, Ala.; Engineer Organizational Integrator and Branch Chief of the Army Reserve Command in Atlanta; Commander, Company A and Company B of the 411th Engineer Battalion in Maui, Hawaii; and Operations Officer of the 493rd Engineer Group in Dallas, Texas.

She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Information Technology and Military Management from Touro University, and a Master's of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Her military education includes Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Adjutant General Basic Course, Senior Transportation Qualification Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School, Army Force Management Qualification Course, Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Air Force Air War College and Army War College.

Folowing the ceremony, Williams was welcomed to her new command with a reception at the historic Hacienda Milpitas.

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