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.
Former United States Navy Rear Admiral Rick Williams has spent his entire adult life in service to his country. Although he no longer serves as a rear admiral, Rick Williams continues to help those in the armed forces through his support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Dedicated to meeting the various needs of military families, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society conducts programs that provide financial, educational, health, and other support services. Through its Visiting Nurse Program, the organization offers health education and post-combat support to active-duty and retired sailors and marines as well as marine corps and navy families with newborns.
Although they don’t provide medical treatment, Society nurses are available to answer questions on a variety of health topics. The nurses can also provide baby weight checks and help address any concerns related to medications or chronic medical conditions. They also act as a liaison between program participants and their health care providers.
In addition to offering health advice, the Visiting Nurse Program helps connect combat veterans to the services they need to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. Society nurses travel to every state in the country to assist navy and marine veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. The nurses offer support and resources to help the veterans understand their diagnosis, injuries, and recovery to assist them in the rehabilitation process. The program also helps families of navy and marine corps personnel who lost their lives in service to their country.
Before beginning a career in the Navy, Rear Admiral Rick Williams attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1984. Rear Admiral Rick Williams also completed an MBA at the University of Maryland in College Park before attending the Naval War College, where he received a master of arts in National Security Affairs in 1996.
The Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island was established in 1884 to provide professional studies for advanced training of naval officers. The War College features a NWC Museum that is established inside “the poorhouse,” a National Historic Landmark that was once the Newport Asylum for the Poor.
The NWC Museum includes several exhibits and collections related to the history of naval warfare, along with records and documents from naval encounters. The museum is open to the public and serves as a clearing house for New England naval information.
Rear Admiral Rick Williams served as an anti-submarine warfare officer and later as a combat systems officer in several operational tours before commanding the USS McInerney between 2002 and 2004. A recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Golden Eagle Award, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
WWP runs a Student Ambassadors program that encourages students to come together in support of America’s veterans. In 2017, students from seven grades at Alcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Connecticut, spent several weeks saving their allowances for a Student Ambassadors fundraiser they named “Penny Wars.” The students presented WWP with a total of $1,340 in early March.
At the close of the fundraiser, a representative of WWP gave a special address to the school assembly, sharing the tale of her son who was hurt in a bomb explosion in Iraq. During the talk, she distributed WWP bracelets, pins, and stickers.
School Principal Shawn Simpson was impressed by the students’ act of community service. He even bestowed a special award, an extra 30 minutes of recess time, upon the school’s 4th grade students for raising the most funds.
During his military tenure, Rear Admiral Rick Williams spearheaded some of the armed forces’ most forward-thinking renewable energy projects. Active in assisting veterans, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports Wounded Warrior Project and volunteers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Wounded Warrior Project recently announced its approval of a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans who cannot have children because of an injury in the line of duty receive reproductive services. Congress gave the VA the authority to provide new fertility services to veterans in October, and the VA finalized its move to do so in January.
Wounded veterans and their spouses now have access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies. With this move, the VA now provides essentially the same fertility benefits to veterans and their families that the Department of Defense offers to active-duty service members. Veterans interesting in accessing these new services, or the other fertility treatments still available through the VA, are encouraged to reach out to their local VA offices to learn more.