Brigadier General Myrna H. Williamson entered the Army in 1960 from her home in Gregory, South Dakota. She is a graduate of the WAC Officer Basic Course, the WAC Officer Advanced Course, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the National War College, and the tri-Service General Office CAPSTONE Course. Her civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, and completion of Harvard University's Senior Managers in Government course.
Early in her career, BG Williamson served in the Public Affairs Office, Fort Ord, California; the US Army Reception Station, Fort Lewis, Washington; and as Chief, Women's Army Corps Recruiting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and later at the Presidio of San Francisco, California. She also served at HQ, US Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany, as a company commander. From 1971-74, BG Williamson served at the USA Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. From there she went to the USA Military Police School/Training Center at Fort McClellan, Alabama, where she served successively as battalion executive officer, Chief of the Basic Training Committee Group, and basic training battalion commander. Following graduation from the National War College in June 1980, BG Williamson served a joint tour at Eighth US Army in Korea. She next was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for research, Development and Acquisition, HQ, Department of the Army, Washington DC. On May 7, 1983, she assumed command of the Troop Brigade, US Army Soldier Support Center, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She became Commanding General of the US Army Third ROTC Region, Fort Riley, Kansas, on August 1, 1984.
BG Williamson's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge.
Civilian honors include selection as "Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement" by South Dakota State University (1984) and selection for Who's Who in America (1985).
Professional memberships include Phi Kappa Phi; National League for Nursing; American Legion; Association of the US Army; National Association of Uniformed Services; The Retired Officers Association; National Speakers' Association; WAC Veterans Association; fellow, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.