• Lt Col (Ret) Tyrone A. Williams, Ph.D.Lt Col (Ret) Tyrone A. Williams was born in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is a graduate of Raymond High School.  He completed two years at Alcorn State University and then transferred to Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  He joined the Mississippi Air National Guard in 1986 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1998 through the Academy of Military Science.  He received the Master of Science degree from Air University's Air Command and Staff College. He also served as a seminar leader at the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.  He deployed outside the continental United States many times during both peacetime and wartime.  He is a veteran of OPERATIONS Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and Just Cause.  He is also a combat veteran of OPERATIONS Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Joint Task force Horn of Africa (JTF-HOA), and the European Strategic Intra-theater Deployment (E-SID).
     
    In 2021, he earned the Doctorate of Philisophy 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.  He was the Mississippi State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Distinguished Fellow for the year 2020.
     
    From 2004 to 2014 he served as the 172nd Maintenance Operations Squadron Commander, where he commanded the Air National Guard’s first Air Education and Training Command C-17 Field Training Detachment.  He organized, staffed, directed, coordinated, and budgeted resources to meet operations; overseeing aircrafts and facilities valued at $3.5 billion.  He has leadership experience at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of organizations. 
     
    He is married to the former Sharon Denise Smith, and they are the parents of two daughters, Shayla and Zoë.