|COLONEL JOHN WILLIAMS|
Colonel John Williams is Vice Commander of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California. As Vice Commander, he assists the commander in leading more than 3,000 talented professionals of the largest Reserve Associate Wing in the Air Force, which provides combat ready crews and support for the C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy, and KC-10 Extender aircraft. The wing also provides expeditionary support to the war fighter in all aspects of air base security and operation. In addition, the wing provides medical care throughout the Area of Responsibility and the patient transportation process. He ensures that units and people are trained, equipped and ready to support requirements in peace, contingency operations and war.
A California native, Colonel Williams earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. In Strategic Air Command, he flew the KC-135A and T-37B at Griffiss AFB as part of 8th Air Force and the KC-10A and T-38A at March Air Force Base as part of 15th Air Force through 1991. Colonel Williams entered the Air Force Reserve unit program at March AFB flying the KC-10A and has held command positions at the squadron, Group, and Wing levels. The Colonel has flown combat and combat support missions in Operations Just Cause, Restore Hope, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom. He twice deployed as Operations Officer to South West Asia and in 2011 he deployed as Deputy Director of Operations Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn aboard the USS MT WHITNEY. Colonel Williams is a command pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight time. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He is commercial airline pilot with more than 9,000 hours of civilian flying time.
1985 Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1989 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1990 SAC Advanced Instrument Flight Course, Castle Air Force Base, Calif.
1990 Master of Business Administration, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (correspondence)
2006 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (correspondence)
2010 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2011 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, D. C.
2011 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Joint Air and Space Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
1. June 1985 - July 1986, pilot training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. November 1987 - January 1989, KC-135A pilot, 41st Air Refueling Squadron, Griffiss Air Force
3. January 1989 - September 1991, KC-10A aircraft commander, 6th/9th Air Refueling Squadron,
March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
4. January 1992 - September 2003, KC-10A IP/evaluator, assistant chief pilot, 79th Air Refueling
Squadron, March and Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
5. October 2003 - January 2006, chief pilot, 79th Aerial Refueling Squadron, Travis Air Force Base,
6. November 2007- February 2009, commander 79th Aerial Refueling Squadron, Travis Air Force
7. February 2009 - June 2010, deputy group commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force
8. July 2010 - July 2011, deputy chief of staff joint enabling capabilities command USJFCOM Norfolk,
9. July 2011 - present, vice commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135, KC-10, C-17, B-757, B-767, B-777, B-747-100, B-747-400
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and twelve oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with ten oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with campaign star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two campaign stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Government of Kuwait
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant - May 29, 1985
First Lieutenant - May 29, 1987
Captain - May 29, 1989
Major - October 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel - September 15, 2005
Colonel - July 9, 2010
(Current as of April 2012)