Faces of AUSA: NCOs 

11/1/2009 

Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Williams, USA, Ret.

Anthony Williams, a native of Canton, Miss., joined the United States Army in October 1972. After successfully completing his initial entry training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he began his distinguished military career as "Sergeant Missile" crew member.

His 32 years of selfless service to the nation included overseas tours and leadership assignments of increasing trust and responsibility. His overseas assignments include Germany, Turkey, two tours in Korea, and the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

His leadership assignments within the United States Army Field Artillery started as a missile crew member, followed by duty as an instructor, drill sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major.

Anthony’s last two duty assignments before retirement from active duty were as the command sergeant major of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.

 CSM Williams
Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Williams, USA, Ret.

He is a graduate of Class 35 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, the basic airborne course and drill sergeant school.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

He is a recipient of the Ancient and Honorable Order of the St. Barbara and the Order of Saint Maurice. He is a life member of the prestigious Sergeant Morales and Sergeant Audie Murphy clubs.

Anthony’s service to the nation and to soldiers did not end with his retirement from the United States Army. He continues to be a valuable member of the Fort Sill community.

He is the past president of AUSA’s Lawton/Fort Sill Chapter and he mentors countless young soldiers and noncommissioned officers.

Anthony Williams is a great soldier who has devoted his time, energy, and considerable talents to helping others, to making his community a better place to live.

And he is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Russel Anderson, USA, Ret.

Russel Anderson’s adventure with the United States Army began in Memphis, Tenn., in July 1958. After completing his initial entry training at Fort Chaffee, Ark., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he was assigned to his first duty station in the Republic of Korea.

Trained as an engineer, Russel changed his MOS to infantry very early in his career.

His distinguished military career spanned five decades and included three tours in Germany and two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam. Russel’s last duty assignment before retirement was the post sergeant major of Fort Jackson, S.C.

Russel is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy and the Drill Sergeants School, and he has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Coker College, Hartsville, S.C.

He is a recipient of the Silver Star (the nation’s third highest award for bravery), the Distinguished Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit and the bronze Star with "V" Device.

 CSM Anderson
Command Sgt. Maj. Russel Anderson, USA, Ret.

 He has also been awarded both the Expert and Combat Infantryman Badges.

Russel’s selfless service to the nation and to his community continued after his military career. He spent nine years after retirement from the United States Army, as a Junior Army ROTC instructor, teaching and mentoring young high school students at Babsbury-Leesville High School.

Russel is an active member and strong supporter of the Association of the U.S. Army. He is a former member of both AUSA’s National Resolutions Committee and the Council of Trustees.

From 2006 to mid 2009, he served as president of AUSA’s Fort Jackson-Palmetto Chapter.

Russel Anderson is a true American hero, a valued member of the Columbia, S.C., community and a role model and mentor for the soldiers and NCOs of Fort Jackson. He is Still Serving and "still having fun."

He remains Army Strong and is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.