Certified Nurse Assistant
Rick Williams formerly served as a rear admiral with the United States Navy and is a five-time recipient of the Legion of Merit medal. In his private life, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the American Red Cross.
Known for its disaster-relief efforts, the American Red Cross also offers numerous training programs in first aid, CPR, and the use of automated external difibrillators (AEDs). For individuals interested in a career in health care, the American Red Cross has offered a Nurse Assistant Training Program for the better part of 30 years. Graduates of the program receive the title of Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or the equivalent, depending on the state, and are placed on a state Nurse Aide Registry.
The first component of the American Red Cross’s CNA program involves classroom learning and laboratory experience. Students learn about the fundamentals of patient care and receive targeted instruction in clinical skills. The second part of the program focuses on clinical training in a long-term care facility. Students work under the supervision of licensed nurses, who teach them about the day-to-day responsibilities of a nurse assistant.
To learn more about the CNA program at the American Red Cross, visit the official website at www.redcross.org.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The recipient of five Legion of Merit Medals, former Rear Admiral Rick Williams served the U.S. Navy in several leadership positions for more than 20 years, including in the role of commander of Navy Region Hawaii. Dedicated to giving back to members of the Navy, Marines, and their families, Rear Admiral Rick Williams contributes to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which earned recognition as one of the top nonprofit organizations to work for in 2017.
Every year, The Nonprofit Times conducts a review of nonprofit organizations throughout the country to determine those that are the best to work for and those that benefit the economy and workforce. The first component of the assessment consists of a review of each organization’s philosophy, policies, practices, systems, and demographics. The second part, which engages employees in a survey about their experience at their organization, makes up 75 percent of the review process.
This is the fourth year that employees of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society participated in the survey. The society ranked 12th on the list of 27 medium-sized nonprofit organizations participating in the survey and 20th on the list of the Top 50 nonprofits to work for in the country.
Now retired from the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Rick Williams served in various command positions with Navy Region Hawaii, Surface Group Middle Pacific, and Strike Group 15 during the course of his career. While in Hawaii, Rear Admiral Rick Williams participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercises.
Attended by dozens of nations and held every two years, RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the world. During the month-long exercise, military leaders and naval forces from around the globe converge on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Pacific Missile Range Facility to engage in readiness training and testing in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC also fosters cooperative relationships among the world’s navies.
With a history dating back to 1971, RIMPAC most recently occurred in 2016, from June 30 through August 4. The exercise included five submarines, 45 surface ships, and more than 200 aircraft. Over 25,000 personnel took part as well. Participating nations included the United States, Japan, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and 20 others.
Navy ROTC Program
Before transitioning to the private sector, Rick Williams attained the rank of rear admiral during a more than 20-year career in the US Navy. A student of history in his free time, Rick Williams began the process of ascending to rear admiral after receiving his commission through the Navy ROTC Program.
The history of the Navy ROTC Program dates to July 20, 1926, a day on which Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur announced in a letter that the program would begin at six universities that autumn. An 1884 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Wilbur served as secretary for five years following his 1924 appointment by President Calvin Coolidge. He came to the secretary post having previously sat on the California Supreme Court, where he had most recently been chief justice.
Wilbur initially began pursuing a career in law after resigning his naval commission, a common practice at the time due to poor employment prospects for officers. Following his five-year tenure as secretary, he returned to the field of law when President Herbert Hoover appointed him to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where Wilbur remained until his retirement in 1945.
In 1954, Wilbur died at the age of 87. His naval legacy lives on today, as the Navy ROTC Program has grown to reach students through more than 160 colleges and universities. In addition, the Navy has honored its former secretary by commissioning the USS Curtis Wilbur, which has been in service since 1994.
U. S. Fifth Fleet
Having served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years, Rear Admiral Rick Williams has held a number of leadership roles, including Squadron Commodore and Frigate Commander. Rear Admiral Rick Williams has also served as the Deputy Commander of the U. S. Fifth Fleet at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
The U.S. Fifth Fleet at the Naval Forces Central Command oversees more than 2.5 million square miles of waterways covering areas such as the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Arabian Gulf. The fifth fleet is responsible for maintaining relationships with partner nations and helping defeat violent extremist organizations in the region.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet is part of the U.S. Forces Central Command (CENTCOM), which is responsible for operations in the Pacific as well as Africa and Europe. CENTCOM was organized in 1983, and was a vital part of command operations during the Persian Gulf War in the 1980s.