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School of Infantry (West)

Camp Pendleton, CA
Unit Leaders
Colonel Christopher J. Williams

Commander, School of Infantry (West)

Col Williams BioPhoto

        Colonel Williams is from Port Huron, Michigan and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1991 after graduating from Western Michigan University. Initially trained as an artilleryman, he served with 5th Battalion, 10th  Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a Forward Observer and attached to Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. While in this duty he deployed in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE and CONTINUE HOPE in Somalia as a Boat and Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander and Fire Support Team Leader. Upon return from deployment, he was assigned as the Assault Platoon Commander, Small Craft Company, 2nd Marine Division.

        In December 1995, Colonel Williams was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as an Assistant Operations Officer and later Aide-de-Camp.

       In 1998, he attended the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Fort Benning, Georgia and graduated with honors. Upon graduation he reported to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. During this tour, he commanded Company L and Weapons Company, and deployed to Okinawa in support of the Unit Deployment Program. During this tour, he also attended MAWTS-1, Weapons Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Arizona and served as the Battalion Fire Support Coordinator.

        In September 2001, Colonel Williams was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and deployed as a part of Task Force 58 to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

        In 2002, Colonel Williams assumed the duties as Operations Officer, School of Infantry (East) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

        From Camp Lejeune, in 2004, he was assigned to the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center, 29 Palms, California where he served as the Operations Officer for the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group. During this assignment he supported one Combined Arms Exercise, 63 Mojave Viper Exercise and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

       In 2007, Colonel Williams assumed command as the Inspector-Instructor of 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines where he prepared and deployed the battalion for combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

        In 2010, he graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and received a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

        Upon graduation he was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as Head, Ground Officer Assignments and Lieutenant Colonel Assignment Monitor until moving to U.S. Africa Command in July 2012.

        Colonel Williams most recently served as the Director  of  Current Operations, J-33, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart,  Germany.

        His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars in lieu of second and third awards and the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award.