Faces From the Front for August 17, 2009 - Staff Sgt. Anya Williams
Current Unit: 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command
Current Position: Historian/ Executive Administrative Assistant
Component: Army Reserve
Current Location: Afghanistan
Hometown: Orlando, Fla., and Bunker’s Hill, Jamaica
Years of Service: 7
Currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC), Staff Sgt. Anya Williams is the first member of her family to serve in the military. Based in Jamaica and the United States, her family encouraged her decision to pursue a career in the Army, and seven years later the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) credits her service with giving her leadership skills she wouldn’t have developed elsewhere.
"I wanted to meet different people and to test my mental and physical self beyond what the civilian world offered," Williams said. "My deployment has been an adventure thus far, and I have accomplished a lot both physically and mentally."
As one of the historians for her unit, Williams has an important role in cataloguing the experiences and accomplishments of the group. The 143rd ESC deployed in February 2009, marking the first time an expeditionary sustainment command has deployed to Afghanistan. The observations and information recorded by Williams will provide a road map for future missions of this type.
"The one thing that has surprised me the most is how a group of people from different worlds have come together to create a cohesive operation," Williams said. "No matter what the issue is there is always someone readily available to assist in coming up with a solution."
Williams also operates as the unit’s executive administrative assistant to the operations colonel and sergeant major. Because the Soldiers within her section are constantly engaged in the Joint Operations Center, William’s job has an emphasis in keeping operations moving.
Williams is slated to return her home in Orlando, Fla. in early 2010. She will return to her civilian job as an admissions coordinator for St. Matthews University. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Williams is also pursuing a graduate degree from the University of Louisville. She hopes to then pursue her law degree.