[Podcast] #27: Dee McWilliams – Army Veteran, President WIMSA


The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (WIMSA), is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. It sits at the end of the road as you approach the gates of Arlington Nation Cemetery near Washington D.C. Today’s podcast features Army Veteran Dee McWilliams, the current president of WIMSA. Dee talks to us about her 29 years in the Army, retirement, serving as WIMSA president and the significance of the women’s memorial.

About Dee:

MG Dee Ann McWilliams retired from the Army in 2003, later joining the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she served until 2010 as Director of the Lessons Learned Center.

MG McWilliams holds degrees from Lon Morris College, Stephen F. Austin University where she was named a distinguished alumnus, Texas Woman’s University, and the National War College.

IIn 2007, MG McWilliams joined the board of directors for the Women In Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, assuming the position of Vice Chair in 2014. She formerly served as President of the Army Women’s Foundation, a Director on the Army Historical Foundation Board, and on the Lon Morris College Board of Trustees.

She was the 2013 recipient of the American Veterans Center Lillian K. Keil Award for outstanding contribution to women’s service in the United States military and was named a Trailblazer by Women Veterans Interactive.

Covered in Episode 27:

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Donald Fatout    

    I have 50 acre farm site located in southern Indiana that would make a wonderful place for retired vetersns. I would donate to the VA if they would make this place VA HOME.
    3085 E. C/R Marengo, IN

  2. Pat Childers    

    Enjoyed this podcast interview of MG McWilliams especially hearing about the Women’s Memorial, I am a Charter Member. It’s a beautiful memorial/education center, where women’s individual stories are recorded. Visitors are able to have a unique experience through the artifacts, displays and stories in the Register of what these patriots have accomplished through their service to our country. I receive my primary care through the local VAMC, and have seen improvements over the 20 years since I retired from active duty.

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