ALBANY, GA (WALB) –It's an honor few people achieve. A Sylvester native is now an Air Force general.
Brigadier General Scott Williams says his humble upbringing in south Georgia helped mold him into the man he is today.
Its one of the highest achievements in the military, and General Scott Williams' mother, Marguerite Gillespie, is elated by her son's recent promotion, "I went out and bought him a huge ice cream cake that has one star on it because he is a one star General you know," she said.
So are the folks in his hometown of Sylvester. "I'll tell you what I've had a lot of phone calls telling me how proud they are of him," said Gillespie.
Becoming a General wasn't part of his plan. "I did not aspire to be a General in the Air Force that was not something that was on my to do list when I went to ROTC at GA tech," he said.
Fighter jets were his passion and the Worth County High School and Georgia Tech graduate, achieved his dream of becoming an F16 fighter pilot.
He's flown in more than 100 missions including Operation Provide Comfort and Iraqi freedom. He says support from his friends and family meant a lot. "It is great to have that community support and Sylvester Georgia did that for me," he said.
General Williams is humble about his promotion. "I think I'm just a normal guy from a small town," he said.
His mother says it's just the kind of man her son is, and always has been. "It is an honor to be the mother of someone who has gone as far as he's gone with his career," she said.
Everything he has set out to accomplish in life, he's achieved, and he says it was his humble upbringing that prepared him for such success. "A small town atmosphere you become resourceful, I don't come from a rich background by any means but we learn to use what we have," he said.
Scott Williams is now the commander of the McEntire Air force base in Columbia, South Carolina.
His mother still lives in Sylvester. But she stays busy keeping up with all 8 of her children's successes. "God has blessed me to be able to live to see the things they do and accomplish for their families," she said.
But among all his awards, and promotions, one moment stands out among the rest. "My greatest milestone was when I met my wife and married Diana," he said.
Thanks to his wife's support, and the support of his community, General Williams has accomplished many things in life and he's far from done.