State Trooper Promoted To Colonel In Marine Corps Reserves

A state trooper with long ties to Eastern Carolina has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

First Sgt. Marvin Williams works out of the Highway Patrol's Greenville office, and prior to that he was stationed in Kinston, Jacksonville and Trenton.

As a colonel in the reserves, Williams will be Reserve Director of the Department of Public Safety at Camp Lejeune. While deployed, Williams has served in many capacities during Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom such as: Assistant Information Operations Officer (Psychological Ops.), Combat Camera Coordinator, Customs Officer, Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator, and Force Protection Officer for the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

While on stateside, Williams has served as the Provost Marshall for Marine Corps Installations East, responsible for the security of bases such as Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Cherry Point Air Station, Beaufort Marine Corps Base, Albany Marine Corps Base, Blount Island Command and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Williams is also an accomplished author and has published two books.


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  • by Kendra Location: St. Louis on Nov 9, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Marvin...what a WELL accomplished man you are!!! You have always made me and many others proud:)
  • by Reid K Location: Jacksonville, Nc on Nov 9, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    Congratulations Sir, Thank you for all that you do. MGYSGT Retired
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    It should be quite obvious why this "hero" was promoted. Promotions are no longer based on individual achievement or service. Makes me so glad I got out when I did.
  • by David F Location: Richlands on Nov 7, 2010 at 01:12 AM
    Thank you Colonel Williams for your incredibly honorable and selfless career and service to this great country. It is men like you who make our communities and lives the envy of less civilized countries worldwide. I salute, and thank you, for your sacrifices and service, and ask that God be with you always.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Nov 5, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    Now this is an example for our young black men!!
  • by Angie Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Congrats. to you! I pray Gods hands are on you and all men and women in service. Thank you for all you do. I hope you are an inspiration to all youth who believe or have been told they can not achieve in life! God Bless America!!!
  • by EAB Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    I have known Col. Williams since he was stationed in Jacksonville. You will not find a more dedicated husband, father, Marine or State Trooper. Congratulations, Col. Williams! Happy (early) Birthday!! You look young for 235! Semper Fi!
  • by TF Location: Washington on Nov 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    Thank you for all you do for your home town and your country. May God keep His hand upon you and protect you.
  • by Todd Location: 7 springs/ Liddell on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    finally a good story. Congrats Colonel Williams, keep up the good work and thanks for your service
  • by Cop Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    He should be given a shot at running the Patrol, no doubt. I served under him in the Marine Corps Reserves and he was an honorable man and has quite a presence as a leader. They would do well to promote him. He is probably lacking the politics, though.
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