Commander Christopher S. Williams

Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115

26 October 2020 CDR Christopher Williams, a native of Savannah, Georgia, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2001. While at the Naval Academy, he was a four-year starter on the Men’s Varsity Basketball team. Midshipman Williams received various Patriot League and All-American honors and was named the team’s Most Outstanding Player in both his junior and senior year.

In January 2004, LTJG Williams was designated a Naval Aviator. After successfully completing initial F/A-18 training at VFA 106, he reported to the Dambusters of VFA-195, home ported in Atsugi, Japan with CVW-5. During his time as a Dambuster he completed several deployments throughout the Pacific theater including six West Pac cruises and multiple exercises including Valiant Shield, Cope North, and Talisman Saber.

LT Williams then reported to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 in March 2007 for duty as an instructor pilot. He also served as the assistant fighter phase head, F/A-18 Model Manager, and the Quality Assurance Officer. During his time in Lemoore, LT Williams earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

In July 2010, LT Williams served as flag aide to Commander, Naval Air Forces. The following year, he commenced intermediate level education at the Command & Staff College at Marine Corps University (MCU). While at MCU, he earned a Masters in Military History.  LCDR Williams then joined VFA-136 on deployment in the Fifth Fleet AOR executing combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He successfully ran all four departments, leading the operations/maintenance departments through an extremely demanding FRP cycle during his final 18 months in the squadron.

In January 2015, LCDR Williams completed the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College. Following completion of JPME II, he reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7, Joint Force Development, Joint Doctrine Analysis Division. Assigned as the Joint Doctrine Targeting subject matter expert, he was responsible for developing joint doctrine and multinational doctrine for combatant commands, joint staffs, combat support agencies, and services.

CDR Williams has amassed over 2500 flight hours and over 400 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and various service awards and ribbons.
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