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Master Gunnery Sergeant Maxwell Williams Legal Services Chief of the Marine Corps 8
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Master Gunnery Sergeant Maxwell J. Williams, USMC

17th Legal Services Chief for the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant

Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams was born in Effingham, South Carolina on 27 April 1974.  He enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program on 21 November 1992 and attended Marine Corps Recruit Training on 21 June 1993 reporting to 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Company E, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  Upon graduation, he reported to Personnel Administration School at Camp Johnson, North Carolina and received the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 3051, Supply Warehouseman.  Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams then report to Headquarters and Service Battalion, First Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California in January 1994.  Upon arriving at Camp Pendleton, he was assigned to the Company Office from 1994-1996.  From 1996-1997 Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams was then assigned as the Battalion Legal Clerk.  He was promoted to rank of Lance Corporal and Corporal during his tour with First Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California.

In June 1997 Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams reenlisted with the incentive of a lateral move to MOS 4421, Legal Service Specialist.  Upon completion of the Legal Services School held at the Personnel Administration School in Camp Johnson, North Carolina, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received orders to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Third Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan to work in the Legal Service Support Section on Camp Foster.  During this tour of duty he served as Review Chief, Information Systems Coordinator, and Military Justice Chief.  He was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant during his tour with Third Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan.  In October 1999 Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received orders to The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California.  During this tour of duty, he served as the Mountain Warfare Training Center’s Legal Chief, Career Planner, Platoon Sergeant, and Sports Coordinator. 

In July 2002 Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams requested and received orders to Drill Instructor School Class 1-03.  Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California where he served five cycles as a Drill Instructor, two cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor, and three cycles as a Chief Drill Instructor for Company K, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, San Diego, California. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in October 2003.

In March 2006, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received orders to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, where he worked as SNCOIC, Legal Assistance and SNCOIC, Tax Center.  In May 2006 he augmented to Officer Candidates School, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia as a Sergeant Instructor with Company K.  In September 2006, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams resumed his normal duties working as the Legal Administrative Chief and Military Justice Chief for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.   He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on 1 April 2007.

In May 2007, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams was hand selected and received permanent change of assignment orders to help stand up the Wounded Warrior Regiment aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia as the Legal Chief and Staff Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge of Strategic Communications, as well as the Regimental First Sergeant.  In March 2009, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received and executed orders to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona where he served as the Joint Law Center’s Legal Services Chief and the Station Drill Master.   He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant on 1 September 2011.

In August 2012, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received and executed orders to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Legal Services Chief for Legal Services Support Team Cherry Point.  In January 2014, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams volunteered and was augmented to deploy with Operation Onward Liberty to West Africa, Marine Forces Africa in Liberia.  During this deployment, he was Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) of Operation Onward Liberty (OOL), advising the SJA on all aspects of legal matters relating to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and OOL.  Also, during this deployment Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams created a set of Rules of Engagement for “Operation White Shield”, which was the AFL’s response to the Ebola crisis.  After his 21 days in quarantine at Langley Air Force Base, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams returned back to Cherry Point in January 2015 and resumed his duties as the Legal Services Chief, Legal Services Support Team.

In August 2015, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams received orders to Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Marine Corps Base, Okinawa, Japan were he served as the Regional Legal Services Chief for Legal Services Support Section - Okinawa, Japan; Legal Services Support Team - Kaneohe Bay, HI; and Legal Services Support Detachment - Iwakuni, Japan.  Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams was promoted to his current rank on 1 October 2016.  In June 2018, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams executed orders to Marine Corps Installation, National Capital Region (MCI-NCR) Quantico, Virginia where he served as the Legal Services Chief, Legal Services Support Section.  

In June 2020, Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams was handed selected by Major General Lecce as the 17th Legal Services Chief of the Marine Corps.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams is married to his beautiful and lovely wife Joann Williams.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Williams’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Armed Forces Service Medal.  His hobbies include:  fishing, running, basketball, relaxing watching movies, and a slew of others.

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