Renewable Power in the Military – Solar

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Rear Admiral Rick Williams, now retired from the military, served in senior command roles at Navy Region Hawaii as well as Surface Group Middle Pacific. Over his career, Rear Admiral Rick Williams accomplished key administrative milestones, including a major renewable energy project involving use of solar technology.

In recent years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has moved rapidly to expand renewable energy in the armed forces. The reasons for the policy are manifold, but one major consideration is that renewable sources of energy can help reduce the military’s reliance on fossil fuels. In fact, solar power is now less expensive than fossil fuels.

Supplying military equipment with fossil fuels requires supply chains vulnerable to enemy attack. However, soldiers that rely on mobile solar-power technology can penetrate deep into enemy territory with less worry about the strain on their supply lines.

The DOD’s commitment to renewables like solar is apparent in the numbers. For example, between 2011 and 2015, the military developed nearly 1,400 renewable energy initiatives. That number represents a trebling of such projects.


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.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Quick Assist Loan Program

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Quick Assist Loan

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.

The 2017 Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop


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Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop

A former US Navy commander, Rear Admiral Rick Williams led the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. In recognition of his service, Rear Admiral Rick Williams received a number of awards and commendations, including two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Rick Williams holds a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College, which recently cosponsored the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop in collaboration with Brown University. The workshop took place August 25-26, 2017, on the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

The second such event cohosted by the US Naval War College and Brown University’s Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2), the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop brought together more than 100 experts from around the globe to discuss ways to help the US and international militaries, academics, humanitarian organizations, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs develop research ideas and create agendas to enhance civilian-military coordination during humanitarian crises.

With eight working groups, the event covered various facets of civilian-military coordination. Each working group focused on ways to improve the response capacity of organizations and grow networks of humanitarian response practitioners and other leaders. Participants also discussed the development of a robust research agenda on the topic of civilian-military coordination and explored opportunities for decision makers to establish best practices in this area.

Navy Relief Visiting Nurse Program Offers Home Visits


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Navy Relief Visiting Nurse Program

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.