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Thomas Edgar Williams

engineer , military officer

Thomas Edgar Williams, American engineer, former military officer. Decorated Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, various United States and foreign decorations.


Williams, Thomas Edgar was born on November 2, 1928 in Fulton, Kentucky, United States. Son of Joshua Faulkner Williams and Vernita (Tribble) Penland.


Bachelor of Science in Military Science, United States Military Academy, 1953. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1961.


Registered professional engineer Enlisted man United States Army, 1946-1953, commissioned Second lieutenant, 1953, advanced through grades to colonel, 1974. Chief test design division Headquarters Operations Test and Evaluation Agency, Falls Church, Virginia, 1973-1975, Commander 1st brigade Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1975-1977. Director instrumentation and automatic data processing, Fort Hood, Texas, 1977-1979.

Executive for interoperability Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, Mons, Belgium, 1979-1981, senior army advisor to Texas National Guard, Austin, 1981-1983. Senior United States representative North Atlantic Treaty Organization Panel Northern 2, Brussels, 1971-1974. Member North Atlantic Treaty Organization Standardization Group, Brussels, 1979-1981, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Armaments Group, 1979-1981, retired, 1983.

State engineer Texas Adjunct General's Department, Austin, 1983. Director Texas State Guard, since 1985. Test director Laser Guided Weapons in Close Air Support, 1972-1973.

Pentagon project officer XM-1 Tank Program, 1970-1973.


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A true Christian should help those in need, regardless of religious affiliation.


Member National Society Professional Engineers, American Society Industrial Security, National Association Chiefs of Police, American Defense Preparedness Association, Association United States Army, Military Order World Wars (deputy Commander 1983-1984, Commander 1984-1985). Lodges: Rotary.


Married Martha Joan Foster, June 11, 1955. Children– Kelli, Todd, Martha Lane.

Joshua Faulkner Williams Penland

Vernita (Tribble) Penland

Martha Joan Foster

Kelli Williams

Todd Williams

Martha Lane Williams