Dec. 7, 2020
7th Mission Support Command Crest (Photo by US Army)
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY —
Brig. Gen. Wanda N. Williams will assume command of the 7th Mission Support Command in a ceremony held Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 3 p.m. CET at Panzer Kaserne.
As the ninth Commanding General of the 7th Mission Support Command, Williams will lead more than 1,000 Soldiers and Civilian employees located in 12 states, and more than 17 countries. As her position is dual-hatted, she will also assume the role of Deputy Commanding General for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan, Commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, will preside over the assumption of command ceremony.
"It is a special day in Army Reserve history, because not only will Brig. Gen. Williams be the first woman to serve as Commander of the 7th Mission Support Command, she will be the first African-American woman to do so,” Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan said.
She is currently only one of three female African-Americans general officers currently in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Williams has over 33 years of active and reserve military service. Prior to this assignment, she was the deputy commanding general of the 412th Theater Engineer Command headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Throughout her career, Williams has commanded at every level, filled a variety of Engineer positions and deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
In her civilian career, she works as an Accountant for the Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Atlanta Regional Office.
Williams will mark this historic moment with her family watching the ceremony virtually. Attendance at the ceremony, limited due to COVID-19, will be live-streamed on 7th Mission Support Command and 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s social media.
Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan told Brig. Gen Williams, “I look forward to working with you and seeing the new heights the 7th MSC team will reach under your leadership.”