First Black Officer to Command West Point
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams will become the first Black officer to command West Point in its 216-year history. He has held high-ranking Army posts in Europe and Asia, and he assumed command as the Academy’s 60th Superintendent during a ceremony Monday morning in West Point’s Jefferson Hall. The 1983 U.S. Military Academy graduate earned Master's degrees in leadership development, military art and science, and national security and strategic studies. The native of Alexandria, VA has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army in Europe and the Deputy Commanding General for support for the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He also held a role as commander of the United States Army Africa in Italy. During that time, President Barack Obama announced that he would establish a command center in Liberia and assigned Williams to lead the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. Most recently, Williams was commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command, based in Turkey. Williams’ appointment comes less than a year after Simone Askew -- an African American cadet and Rhodes Scholar -- was selected to take the top position in West Point’s cadet chain of command. The Academy recently announced that the more than 1,200-member incoming class of 2020 includes 186 African Americans. More here.