Army 2nd Lt. Charles E. Williams III recently graduated from the Armor Basic Officer Leader course at Fort Knox, KY.

The course trains Army and Marine Corps lieutenants in leadership skills, tactics, gunnery, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an armor platoon. The course incorporates a challenging training methodology called the “Gauntlet,” a field training exercise, experience-based learning method that combines basic armor officer students with noncommissioned officers from the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy and captains attending the Armor Captain’s Career Course.

After 16 weeks of instruction, the second lieutenants are assigned to tank and cavalry platoons prepared to lead mounted maneuver forces in the full spectrum of combat operations.

He is a platoon leader assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Cavalry at Fort Knox. He has served in the military for seven years.

In November Williams graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA.

The 32 days of training provide professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military administration and logistical support. The primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina.

The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard, or Reserve.

Williams is the son of Charles E. and Beverly D. Williams of Shelbyville. His wife Jessica is the daughter of Jesse and Glenda Durbin of Shelbyville.

In 2003, the lieutenant graduated from Shelbyville High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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