• Lt Col (Ret) Tyrone A. Williams, Ph.D.Lt Col (Ret) Tyrone A. Williams, Ph.D. is a graduate of Raymond High School.  After high school, he attended Alcorn State University.  He ascertained his Bachelor of Science degree from  Mississippi State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  In 1986, he enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard.  In 1998, he was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science.  In 2009, he earned his Masters of Science degree from Air University's Air Command and Staff College. He attended, completed, and then served as a seminar leader at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.  Colonel Williams deployed OCONUS many times during both peacetime and wartime.  He is a veteran of OPERATIONS Just Cause, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, European Intra-Theater Deployment (E-SID), Noble Eagle (ONE), Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (JTF-HOA), New Dawn (OND) and Freedom Sentinel (OFS). In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Colonel Williams served as 172d Maintenance Operations Officer (MOO), 723d Air Mobility Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany and 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incerlik Air Base, Turkey. In 2009, Colonel Williams served as the Division Chief, Logistics Operations Division, Logistics Directorate, United States Central Command Air Force Forces Forward, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
    In 2021, Colonel Williams earned the Doctorate of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University.  He serves on the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Advisory Board.  In 2020, he was selected as the Mississippi State University, College of Agriculture and Life Science's Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business Distinguished Fellow.
    From 2004 to 2014, he served as the 172nd Maintenance Operations Squadron Commander. There he set up and commanded the Air National Guard’s first Air Education and Training Command, C-17 Field Training Detachment school house.  He organized, staffed, directed, coordinated, and budgeted resources to meet operations; serving as the Maintenance Group Director's maintenance operations touchstone, overseeing aircraft and facilities valued at $3.5 billion.  He has leadership experience at tactical, operational, and strategic levels of civic, government, and military organizations. 
    He is married to the former Sharon Denise Smith, and they are the parents of two daughters, Shayla and Zoë.