Lieutenant Colonel Eric M. Williams graduated from Auburn University and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in May of 2003. After completing The Basic School, Lieutenant Colonel Williams attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK. Upon graduation from Fort Sill, he reported to Battery S, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC in July 2004.
During his first operational assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Williams served as a forward observer during OPERATION PHANTOM FURY for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Iraq. He then served as the fire direction officer while attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and participated in the 2006 Lebanon Non-combatant Evacuation Operation.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Williams received orders to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in Okinawa, Japan and deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VII. In 2010, he attended the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in Fort Sill, OK.
Upon graduation, he reported to 3d Battalion, 11th Marines in Twentynine Palms, CA, where he assumed command of Kilo Battery and deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2d Battalion, 7th Marines in support of the 31st MEU. He served the remainder of his tour as Operations Officer.
In 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Williams attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, where he graduated with a Masters of Military Studies in June 2014. Afterwards, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as a member of the Commandant’s Strategic Initiatives Group in Washington, DC.
From June 2016 until July 2019, he was assigned to Recruiting Station Charleston (now RS Columbus) as the Recruiting Station Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Corps District.
From July 2019 until June 2021, Lieutenant Colonel Williams served as Division Chief for Targeting and Effects at Special Operations Command Europe. In July of 2021 LtCol Williams reported to 3d Battalion 14th Marines where he currently serves as the Inspector-Instructor.