LTG Daryl A Williams Biography


Lieutenant General (R) Joseph E. DeFrancisco ’65, Chairman, West Point Association of Graduates, MA Rice University

Joe served nearly 34 years on active duty culminating his time in uniform as Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of US Pacific Command. Previously he had commanded the 24th, later 3rd, Infantry Division, spent four years in the Pentagon as Chief of Army War Plans and Executive to the Secretary of the Army, and was Operations Officer for all US and Republic of Korea forces in Korea. He also taught for three years in the Department of History and spent a fourth year in the Office of the Dean. During the course of his time in uniform he commanded Field Artillery units during two tours in Vietnam and a third combat deployment to Panama. He retired as a Lieutenant General.

After leaving active duty Joe worked at executive levels for 16 years in several major defense firms terminating his full-time employment as a Senior Vice President at Leidos, a Fortune 500 Company specializing in Defense, Health, Intelligence and Homeland Security. During the same period, he served on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit boards including the Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association where he was recently named Vice Chairman, and concurrently developed relationships with the Association of the US Army and the Army Aviation Association of America becoming a Senior Executive Associate of both organizations. He is also on his sixth appointment as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Throughout his active duty and private sector years Joe maintained an avid interest in West Point. Along with many of his Classmates he was an active participant in their 50 Year Affiliation Program with the Class of 2015; spoke at several cadet functions and ceremonies; served as a panel member and small group leader at the National Conference on Ethics in America on four occasions; and served as President of the West Point Society of DC for seven years. He is a contributor to his Class Fund and is a member of several donor organizations including the Hap Arnold Society, Cullum Society and the Superintendent’s, Chairman’s and 1802 Circles. For the past nine years, he has been a Director on the WPAOG Board where he served at various times as Chair of the Ethics Committee, Thayer Award Selection Committee, Distinguished Graduate Selection Committee and Nominating Committee. He organized and led the Transition Team for the current Superintendent and was the lead or member of the Transition Teams for the previous three Superintendents.

In acknowledgment of his service Joe has received two Academy related awards. The West Point Society of DC presented him its highest recognition, the Castle Memorial Award, and in 2013 he was designated a Distinguished Graduate of the US Military Academy. Joe looks forward to continuing to serve West Point and its graduates as Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates.

Joe and his wife Lynne have been married 52 years. They live in Arlington, Virginia and have two grown children, Eric (USMA ’89), a vice president with Seven-Eleven, and Laura, a GS-15 with the Department of Defense.