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 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.
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.
The recipient of five Legion of Merit Medals, former Rear Admiral Rick Williams served the U.S. Navy in several leadership positions for more than 20 years, including in the role of commander of Navy Region Hawaii. Dedicated to giving back to members of the Navy, Marines, and their families, Rear Admiral Rick Williams contributes to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which earned recognition as one of the top nonprofit organizations to work for in 2017.
Every year, The Nonprofit Times conducts a review of nonprofit organizations throughout the country to determine those that are the best to work for and those that benefit the economy and workforce. The first component of the assessment consists of a review of each organization’s philosophy, policies, practices, systems, and demographics. The second part, which engages employees in a survey about their experience at their organization, makes up 75 percent of the review process.
This is the fourth year that employees of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society participated in the survey. The society ranked 12th on the list of 27 medium-sized nonprofit organizations participating in the survey and 20th on the list of the Top 50 nonprofits to work for in the country.
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.