Everyone in the Army, even Major Generals, has to do weapons qualification periodically. However, sometimes things go a little wrong in those situations, especially when social media and public comments are involved.
Now, this wouldn’t even be a story if it wasn’t for the hundreds of comments and thousands of shares that the photo had received at the time of writing. It shows how changing technology and social media changes how military leadership may be perceived by the general public.
Fort Lee posted the following photo with the caption: “Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, commanding general, CASCOM and Fort Lee, fires his 9mm semi-automatic pistol during qualifications today at the installation range complex. Williams joined a handful of Soldiers who fulfilled their yearly weapons qualification at the facility.”
The comments on the Facebook post weren’t too kind to the general’s form:
One person who commented used the opportunity to criticize the Army’s new choice in sidearm:
Others said the general needs to reevaluate his team:
Granted, Maj. Gen. Williams probably doesn’t have too many occasions for pistol use these days in his current position and it should not detract from his solid military record or service, nor do we know his scores from this qualification. However, as the above comments show, many members of the armed forces look to their superiors to lead by example. Williams has had an accomplished and illustrious military career to date. Here is some info from his Wikipedia page:
Major General Darrell K. Williams, USA is a serving general officer in the United States Army who is the Commanding General, Combined Arms Support Command, the Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) as well as the Senior Mission Commander for Fort Lee, Virginia.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Williams was commissioned into the Army Quartermaster Corps at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia in 1983. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He also became a member of Gamma Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
His post graduate education includes: Master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.; and master’s degree in Business Management (Logistics) from the Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
Here is a video from the US Army Marksmanship Unit showing their pistol draw, grip and firing positions for reference:
Here is the embed of the post from the Fort Lee Facebook page: