William B. Watson, Jr.
Major General William B. Watson, Jr. was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, 63rd Company, 6th Student Battalion, 20 September 1968. His first duty assignment was as Training Officer, 71st Company, 7th Student Battalion, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, S2, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam; Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry, 31st Division, Army National Guard; S1, 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry, 31st Division; Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry, 31st Division; S3, 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry, 31st Division; Combat Battalion Controller, Combat Exercise Division, 87th Maneuver Area Command (MAC); Brigade Intelligence Operations Controller, G2 and G3, 87th MAC; Secretary to the General Staff, 87th MAC; Division Administration and Logistics Controller, 87th MAC; Division Intelligence and Operations Controller, 87th MAC; Combat Group Chief, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, 87th MAC; Commander, 2nd Headquarters Detachment; Army Liaison, Battlefield Coordination Element, 121st United States Army Reserve Command; G3, 121st United States Army Reserve Command; Chief of Staff, 121st United States Army Reserve Command; Chief of Staff, 81st Regional Readiness Command (RRC); Deputy Commanding General, 81st RRC; Commanding General, 87th Division Training Support (TS), United States Army Reserve. | General Watson's military awards and decorations include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserves Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Arms Forces Reserve Medal w/ “30” Year Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Civil Action Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross Award.