Leveraging more than two decades of experience in senior military leadership, Rick Williams supported the mission of the United States Navy culminating his career as a Rear Admiral. Before establishing himself in his several naval command positions, he earned two master’s degrees, one in business administration from the University of Maryland and the other in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Rick Williams’ professional education also includes a fellowship in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Strategic Security Seminar.
Prior to becoming a rear admiral in the United States Navy, Rick Williams gained operational experience while serving multiple tours in combat systems assignments, as Executive Officer in USS OBANNON (DD-987). He later commanded the USS MCINERNEY (FFG-8) earning the Battle E Excellence Award and Department of Homeland Defense “Golden Eagle” award for successful maritime interdiction operations. He later directed maritime operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Most recently, he oversaw Navy Region Hawaii in addition to Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
In recognition of his service, he earned several personal military awards – including five Legions of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. He is also entitled to wear the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign ribbons. Also dedicated to the community, he has supported charities such as Navy Relief, the American Society For Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Red Cross.