McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 5, 2012

Staff Sgt. Williams returns from OEF

Army Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Williams returns to the U.S. from Operation Enduring Freedom

From submitted reports
Submitted report

McALESTER — Army Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Williams has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States.  U.S. troops serve in South,

Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Williams is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader assigned to the 716th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. While deployed, he earned a Bronze Star medal. He is the son of Allen and Shirley Williams of East Seminole Avenue, in McAlester.

He is a 1998 graduate of Crowder High School.