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Maj. Gen. Tommy J. Williams is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He assists in the formulation of policy supporting air, space, irregular warfare, counter proliferation, homeland security, weather, and cyber operations. He also assists in determining operational requirements, capabilities and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy.

General Williams entered the Air Force in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned his wings as a graduate of pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas, in 1983. His career includes seven years on active duty as an F-15C flight lead and F-5E instructor pilot before joining the Air Force Reserve in 1989. His commands include the 457th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 301st Operations Group. He was also the Vice Commander, 301st Fighter Wing. His expeditionary experience includes 200 combat hours flown during operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan.

General Williams is a command pilot with more than 3,700 hours in the F-15, F-5E, F-4E and F-16.


1981 - Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.

1985 - Squadron Officer School, by correspondence.

1987 - Aggressor Pilot Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.

1997 - Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.

2002 - Master of Arts degree in business administration, Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2003 - Air War College, by correspondence.

2006 - Safety/Accident Board President's Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

2008 - Joint Air and Space Operations Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.

2009 - Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

2011 - Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


1. March 1982 - February 1983, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas.

2. March 1983 - June 1983, student, fighter lead-in training, 416th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.

3. June 1983 - November 1983, student, F-15C training, 461st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.

4. January 1984 - October 1986, F-15C fighter pilot, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

5. October 1986 - December 1988, F-5E aggressor pilot, 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons, Nellis AFB, Nev.

6. June 1989 - December 1990, F-4E fighter pilot, 457th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Carswell AFB, Texas.

7. January 1991 - October 2002, F-16C+ instructor pilot, flight examiner and flight commander, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.

8. October 2002 - June 2004, Commander, 301st Operations Support Flight, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.

9. June 2004 - March 2006, Commander, 457th Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.

10. March 2006 - November 2006, Vice Commander, 301st Fighter Wing, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.

11. November 2006 - June 2008, Commander, 301st Operations Group, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.

12. June 2008 - June 2009, Individual Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Reserve Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

13. June 2009 - April 2011, Mobilization Assistant to the Vice Commander, 7th Air Force, Osan AB, South Korea.

14. April 2011 - April 2014, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

15. April 2014 – Nov 2017, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall AFB, Fla.

16. Nov 2017 – present, Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon.


Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 3,700, with 200 combat hours

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-15C, F-5E, F-4E and F-16C


Legion of Merit.

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Air Force Achievement Medal.

Gallant Unit Citation.

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, silver and bronze oak leaf clusters.

Combat Readiness Medal with silver and four bronze oak leaf clusters.

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two bronze stars.

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border.

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with five "M" devices.


Second Lieutenant Jan. 27, 1982

First Lieutenant Jan. 27, 1984

Captain Jan. 27, 1986

Major Dec. 12, 1995

Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 13, 2001

Colonel Jan. 24, 2006

Brigadier General Dec. 22, 2010

Major General Jan. 16, 2014

(Current as of April 2017)