Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for June 29, 2009 - 1st Sgt. Gregory Williams

First Sergeant Gregory Williams

Current Unit: Bravo Company, 46th Engineering Combat Battalion (Heavy)
Current Position: Company 1st Sgt.
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Camp Liberty, Iraq
Hometown: Buena Vista, Ga.
Years of Service: 17

As the Company 1st Sgt. for Bravo Company, 46th Engineering Combat Battalion (Heavy), 1st Sgt. Gregory Williams describes his time in Iraq as a roller coaster ride that he has enjoyed thoroughly. In his role as a Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), Williams is responsible for keeping his Soldiers motivated as they work to accomplish the diverse set of missions they have been given.

"I have never been more excited to lead Soldiers as I am today," said Williams "Having this opportunity is an honor and a privilege in a historical environment. Our mission is critical to the Iraqi populace."

Williams says the unit is changing the circumstances of the citizens of Baghdad for the better and believes the changes to the local infrastructure and way of life are part of the legacy Bravo Company will leave from their time in Iraq.

Williams is most impressed with how his Soldiers have applied their training to the situations they are encountering on the ground. The operating tempo is higher than what most have experienced before, and he is proud with how all have responded to the demands. Williams continually challenges himself with ensuring that he is doing everything he can to prepare his Soldiers to respond to whatever the deployment presents.

"Every day here is different," says Williams. "As an NCO, my job is to lead, guide and direct my Soldiers for the success of our missions. I train, mentor, teach, supervise, counsel and direct each Soldier."

Williams is slated to return home at the end of the summer. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from Trinity University and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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