Category: Military

NMCRS Recognized Again by Charity Navigator

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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

During his leadership as a Navy Region Commander, Rear Admiral Rick Williams was responsible for overseeing an energy team that made use of solar, wind, and hydrogen sources to set up an expeditionary operations outpost. In addition to his service, Rear Admiral Rick Williams is a longtime supporter of other military-related organizations, such as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

For the third year in a row, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has been named a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization that rates the transparency and efficacy of charities throughout the United States. It’s a rare distinction to be named a four-star charity for three years in a row, as only 14 percent of organizations achieve that milestone. By earning such a consistently high rating, the NMCRS shows that it’s a trusted charity and handles its donations with care, using the money to support both active-duty and retired military personnel.


Renewable Energy and the U.S. Military


Rear Admiral Rick Williams

Rear Admiral Rick Williams

A Navy veteran who earned the rank of rear admiral, Rick Williams commanded Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. While leading Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Admiral Rick Williams implemented initiatives to reduce costs and improve efficiency through the use of renewable energy.

As the nation’s largest government consumer of energy, the Department of Defense (DoD) is working to increase the use of renewables across all branches of the military. Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. armed forces nearly doubled the amount of renewable power it generates and nearly tripled the number of projects focused on renewables.

To help meet a DoD mandate that requires military facilities to draw at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force have all launched internal energy initiatives. The initiatives aim to increase the use of alternative energy sources at bases and other facilities while improving the military’s capability to use green energy in the field.

In addition to reducing operations costs, the use of renewable power in the military has the potential to save lives. It reduces the need for fuel-delivery convoys, which are common targets for enemies. Energy-efficient ships and vehicles can also travel farther with fewer stops, making them less vulnerable to attacks. Moreover, mobile solar panels give soldiers the ability to quietly power radios and other equipment while in the field.

NMCRS Supports Education for Navy and Marine Families


Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program Offers Post-Combat Relief

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Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program

Rick Williams spent more than two decades as a Rear Admiral in the US Navy, leading complex operations and managing multifaceted organizations. Today, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which operates the Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program to assist sailors and marines adversely affected by combat.

Combat experience can significantly change a person, with effects ranging from long-standing physical injuries to emotional duress that persists long after leaving the military. The CCA Visiting Nurse Program employs a team of skilled nurses who make personal visits to sailors and marines, their families, and their caregivers and provide them with the necessary resources to effectively deal with the aftermath. Nurses help clients understand injuries received during combat, resulting diagnoses, and recovery or rehabilitation processes. In addition, nurses can discuss reoccurring issues and available resources.

The program is open to individuals who served in the US Navy or Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom. Individuals seeking assistance do not need to show ID and may request a visit at any time, regardless of current military status.

U.S. Navy Christens 17th Virginia Class Submarine

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South Dakota

Rear Admiral Rick Williams earned a master of arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College in 1996. Beginning his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984, Rick Williams became a rear admiral in 2012, after which he led a number of air, ship, and shore groups in various mission areas.

In October of 2017, the U.S. Navy christened its 17th Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, the South Dakota (SSN 790), though it won’t be commissioned for service until the latter part of 2018.

The sub was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics. Its propulsion is based on a single shaft design powered by a nuclear reactor and it can travel at a speed of more than 25 knots.

The crew consists of 117 enlisted sailors and 15 officers, and it boasts cutting-edge technology in stealth, weaponry, and intelligence gathering. Its mission is to destroy enemy submarines and surface ships while simultaneously projecting power on land with a payload of Tomahawk missiles and the ability to deliver special operations forces.