A former rear admiral with the United States Navy, Rick Williams has held leadership positions in the air, at sea, and on land. He is currently pursuing a business career in the private sector. Outside of the professional arena, Rick Williams supports the charitable efforts of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
For well over a century, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has been providing financial assistance and educational opportunities to members of the United States Navy/Marine Corps and their eligible family members. The Society’s focus on meeting the immediate needs of its client base is reflected in its Quick Assist Loan (QAL) program.
Designed to help active duty sailors and marines who need money fast, the QAL program provides interest-free loans to help meet basic living expenses and handle family emergencies. To provide financial assistance inexpensively and quickly, the QAL requires no application fee or scheduled appointments. Qualified candidates can receive as much as $500 in emergency funds in a matter of minutes.
In order to receive a QAL, service professionals must have enough time left on their military contracts to repay the loan in full. They cannot have any existing outstanding loans with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society nor any active or pending disciplinary actions within the past six months that impact pay rate or rank.
A former member of the US Navy, Rear Admiral Rick Williams possesses more than two decades of experience leading complex operations and managing multifaceted organizations. Rear Admiral Rick Williams continues to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (Navy Relief) outside his current pursuits in business development. Navy Relief serves active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and administers programs such as the Visiting Nurse (VN) Program.
The VN Program operates as part of the Society Visiting Nurse Program and arranges for registered nurses to provide in-home visits to active duty or retired Sailors and Marines. Services focus on medical consultation and referrals, and nurses will occasionally work with a service members’ health care teams to provide medical updates between doctor visits. However, visiting nurses cannot offer emergency or bedside care.
During home visits, nurses can recommend resources, answer questions, and educate the household on a variety of health topics such as medical care and medications. Retirees can discuss concerns regarding chronic medical conditions that may accompany aging. In addition, Navy and Marine Corps families with newborn infants can receive important information about childcare and other topics including breastfeeding and baby weight checks.
Society visiting nurses work through Navy Relief offices located at Navy and Marine Corps bases nationwide and will travel within a reasonable distance of their stationed offices.
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.
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.
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.