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Education key to skills, knowledge, community contributions

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Smalls Joint Task Force Civil Support

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Attaining higher education and increasing one's skills substantially can set a person apart and on a course for success. Due to the demands of any career field, being a continual learner can give an advantage in life and self-development.

JTF-CS Policy and Doctrine Analyst John Williams, who obtained his master’s degree in project management and information systems in May, said it will allow him to become more of an asset to the command as well as any future positions.

“I’m always looking for improvement and new things to learn,” said Williams.

Earning his master’s degree is more than just another piece of paper on the wall, but a way to set an example for his five kids as well as his four siblings, as Williams said he’s the only one in his family with a higher-education degree.

Williams, who also serves as the assistant scout master of 17 scouts in Troop 123 out of York County, Virginia, said he uses the project management techniques he learned regularly while with the troop.

“I have already applied what I’ve learned from my degree to my work at [JTF-CS] with mission assessments, phase zero day-to-day operations to phase three operations in forecasting and analysis,” he said.

“Your hard work and investment towards your personal and professional development will increase your future successes and sets a great example for others to follow,” said JTF-CS Commanding General Army Major General William “Bill” Hall.