Authorities of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) on Saturday conferred on Major General Darryl A. Williams the “Distinguish Service Order” (DSO) for “his committed and dedicated service to the AFL and above all, to the fight that defeated the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia.”
Maj. Gen. Williams is the US Army Commander who headed Operation United Assistance (OUA) to Liberia last year during the height of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) that claimed the lives of over 4,000 persons.
During Saturday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia, Williams expressed gratitude to Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai and AFL’s Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn, “and the entire gallant men of the AFL for what they have done over the years to keep the country stable and particularly in the face of the Ebola outbreak.”
“I am grateful for the DSO, which Minister Samukai presented to me. But my mission in Liberia is to continue the U.S. Army’s partnership with the AFL through the COS, Brig. Gen. Ziankahn, to support the AFL,” said Maj. Gen. Williams.
From October 2014 to the weekend ceremony, which was attended by US Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, Maj. Gen. Williams transferred authority in the U.S. led OUA to Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky before departing for the United States.
Maj. Gen. Williams is a decorated professional military officer who the MOD described as a “trailblazer.” He was the first commander of the Joint Taskforce Operation United Assistance (JTF-OUA), and commander of the United States Army, Africa Division. He holds three Masters Degrees. The first is in Military Arts and Science from the United States Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His second Master’s Degree is in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and the third is in Leadership Development from the United States Military Academy.
General Williams served in various military positions including Deputy Director for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition. Maj. Gen. Williams also served as Army Aide to former US President Bill Clinton.