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About  Rear Admiral Rick Williams

Rear Admiral Rick Williams has over 20 years of experience as a leader, with specific strengths in crisis leadership, managing projects, team building, and designing compex operations. Skilled in identifying and addressing problems and innovating solutions, Rear Admiral Rick Williams gained a wide range of skills and experience during his tenure in the United States Navy.

Rear Admiral Williams began in the Navy as an anti-submarine warfare officer and advanced to the rank of Commander leading the USS MCINERNEY (FFG-8) to earn the Homeland Security Golden Eagle Award for maritime interdiction operations. MCINERNEY was also awarded the Battle E for Excellence award. Williams also progressed to Deputy Fifth Fleet where he planned the first Counter-Piracy Task Force in the Middle East, which was the first of its kind and succeeded to reduce pirate hijackings. Williams also coordinated several naval counter-terrorist operations. As a Flag Officer, he was assigned as Commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific where he innovated new installation readiness initiatives and naval maritime concepts for the "Rebalance to the Pacific".

Rear Admiral Rick Williams was awarded 15 awards for his work in the Navy, including the 2 Defense Superior Service Medals, 5 Legion of Merit medals, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, 4 Navy Commendation medals and 2 Navy Achievement Medals.

Work experience

Jun 1, 2012Present

Rear Admiral



Aug 1, 1990May 1, 1992


University of Maryland
Sep 1, 1980May 1, 1984

Bachelors Degree

Rochester Institute of Technology
Aug 1, 1995May 1, 1996

Master of Arts

Naval War College