Congrats once again to you and the members of your organization for being our Positively Jax Award winners this month. Thank you so much for making a difference in the community. In this day and age when so much of the news is negative it is refreshing for me to tell a story about people who are helping change lives.
The Marine Corps needs to become more diverse in order to save Marines’ lives, Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said on Wednesday.
“I am absolutely convinced: Too much similarity – too much that we look all the same, think the same, got the same background – we’re going to get killed because we’re going to end up with solutions that we’re all familiar with but they’re easy to counter,” Berger said during the Marine Corps Association’s annual Modern Day Marine expo.
Congratulations to NNOA Member, LtCol NaTasha M. Everly, USMC, for her achievement as a Woman of Color Award Winner.
WOMEN OF COLOR STEM OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Technology All-Stars are accomplished women of color from mid-level to advanced stages of her career (with over 15 years in the workforce) that have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities. They are honored at a special recognition event during the Women of Color STEM Conference.
Each year the Women of Color STEM Conference hosts several award ceremonies and a forum of leaders from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, colleges, and universities to discuss key issues in the scientific and technical workforce, share best practices, and showcase opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.
Over the last year, I authored a series of challenges called “I Dare You.”
The “I Dare You” series is a set of increasingly challenging, but easily attainable, Daresto prod my fellow neighbors (like You) to understand how You, she, he, and I can become more engaged in creating The Ideal Life that each of us can potentially live.
Dare #25 was titled “Clean Your Glasses – Congratulate.”
In that final Dare #25, I stated, “There are emotional, spiritual, professional, familial, local, international, natural and, yes… supernatural attachments that link you with me, us with them, and everybody, everywhere on some level of inter-connectedness. Our links can cause seemingly unrelated and remote actions in one part of our world to affect the lives of people in an area geographically distant… but supernaturally close. We are never that far apart.”
MOS: 0302 Infantry Date of Rank: 01 Nov 2019 POB/Date: Homestead, FL; 14 Jan 1980 Marital Status: Married
Scott Williams enlisted in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Marine in 1998. Upon completion of the Basic Reconnaissance Course, PFC Williams received orders to 1st Reconnaissance Company, HQBN, 1st MARDIV. As a radio-telephone operator within a recon team, Corporal Williams deployed with the 11th MEU(SOC) in 2001. Sergeant Williams ended his enlistment with the USMC in the summer of 2002 to pursue a college education.
In the following years, Scott received an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Antelope Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology and Religious Education from West Coast Baptist College, and a Master of Science degree in Management from Liberty University. During these years, Scott and Juliana had two children.
In 2010, Scott earned a commission, completed TBS and IOC, and received orders to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. Second Lieutenant Williams deployed with the 11th MEU as a Mechanized Rifle Platoon Commander and the USS NEW ORLEANS TRAP Force Commander. In 2012, First Lieutenant Williams transitioned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion where he served as Platoon Commander for two Theater Security Cooperation events in South America, Force Company Executive Officer, and the battalion’s Assistant Operations Officer.
In 2014, Captain Williams transitioned to the first SPMAGTF-CR-CC Command Element to serve as the Commander’s SOF Liaison Officer. As such, he embedded with the Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT FREEDOM and crisis response throughout the CENTCOM area. In 2015, Captain Williams assumed command of Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. A year later, his company attached to the 11th MEU and Captain Williams deployed as the Maritime Raid Force Commander in support of WESTPAC 16.2.
Upon returning from deployment, Captain Williams graduated from resident Expeditionary Warfare School and moved to The Basic School to serve as a warfighting instructor, Staff Platoon Commander for Basic Officer Course 19-1, and Interim MACE Director.
Major Williams is currently the Company Grade Infantry Monitor at Manpower Management Officer Assignments. He is husband to Juliana, and father to Natalia (16) and Andrew (14).
MOS: 0302 Infantry
Date of Rank: 01 Nov 2019
POB/Date: Homestead, FL; 14 Jan 1980
Marital Status: Married