On September 23, 2011, The Institute of World Politics hosted a promotion ceremony from MAJ (P) Tuwanda Williams as she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Miss District of Columbia Ashley Boalch sang the National Anthem, and Rev. James Stambaugh, a minster and IWP Library Director, delivered the invocation.
Remarks were made at the event by Colonel (P) Kimberly Field, USA and Colonel (R) Jacqueline Cumbo, USA. Lillie Mae Williams, Colonel Tia Johnson, USA, and Colonel (R) Jacqueline Cumbo, USA participated in the pinning ceremony.
LTC Williams was planning to begin taking classes at IWP this fall, but she will instead be deploying to Iraq next month. She plans to resume her academic program upon her return from theatre.
Tuwanda Faye Williams entered the United States Army in 1988, serving five years in variety of human resource and civil affair positions. In 1992, she was awarded a four year ROTC scholarship to Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey) and graduated early, earning her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.
Since commissioning, her service has included assignments in South Carolina, New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Virginia, Germany, and Korea. Additionally, Major Williams is scheduled to deploy in support of Operation New Dawn (Iraq), in October, 2011.
During her career, Tuwanda has held a variety of Key Developmental positions to include; Platoon Leader; Executive Officer; Physical Security Officer, Deployment & Exercise Officer, and Plans Officer at both United States Forces Command and United States Forces Korea. Since returning to the United States, she has served as Assistant Proponent Manager, G-3/5, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC.
Her military education includes the Basic & Advanced Military Police Officer's Course, Command and General Staff College and the Basic Strategic Arts Qualification Course. LTC Williams's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters) and the Army Achievement Medal.