Brig. Gen. Darrell K. Williams will serve as the keynote speaker at an 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, Memorial Day observance at Drexel Circle sponsored by American Legion Post 430.

Brig. Gen. Darrell K. Williams will serve as the keynote speaker at an 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, Memorial Day observance at Drexel Circle sponsored by American Legion Post 430.

"This year, the post will host Gen.Williams as a speaker," Bexley service director Bill Harvey said. "Our city council president, Jeff McClelland, will say a few words The event starts at 11 a.m. and typically runs for 30-45 minutes."

Gen. Williams assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus on Sept. 24, 2010. As commander, he oversees the end-to-end integration of DLA's Land and Maritime Supply Chains, delivering repair parts to all military services. He directs the efforts of more than 3,100 associates at 54 locations worldwide that support supply requirements at Army depots, Naval shipyards, and Marine Corps logistics centers.

These support functions purchase material, monitor inventory levels, maintain technical data, and assure quality conformance of more than 2.1 million spare and repair parts used by more than 24,000 military units and civilian federal agencies.

In 2010, DLA Land and Maritime sales exceeded $5 billion.

Gen. Williams' previous assignment was at Headquarters, United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, where he served as director for logistics, engineering and security assistance.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gen. Williams is also a graduate of Hampton Institute and Penn State University.

He has served with distinction in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Germany, and Korea. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist and Parachute Rigger badges.