Retired Aug. 1, 1963.
Brigadier General William Twyman Williams IV is deputy commander of the Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario. He also is commander of the 4722nd Support Squadron, Tactical Air Command, and is the senior U.S. military officer assigned to Canada.
General Williams was born Aug. 6,1937, in Maple Hall, Rockbridge County, Va., and graduated from Fairfield (Va.) High School in 1956. He attended Washington and Lee University during 1956-57 and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1961. The general earned a master of science degree in business, systems analysis, from the University of Rochester in 1971. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, Air Command and Staff College in 1972, and Air War College as a distinguished graduate in 1976.
The general completed pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in September 1962. He then was assigned as an instructor pilot with the 2851st Air Base Wing, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, where he flew T-33s, T-29s, C-54s, U-3A's and C-47s. In January 1965 he was assigned to the 19th Air Commando Squadron, Republic of Vietnam, and flew more than 800 air-land and air-drop combat missions as a C-123 aircraft commander and instructor pilot.
In January 1966 General Williams transferred to the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, as an F-105 pilot. During this tour of duty he flew 15 combat missions over North Vietnam in the summer of 1967, and completed F-4 combat crew training. He served as an F-4 instructor pilot at Tactical Air Command's Central Instructor School, 4455th Combat Crew Training Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from April 1968 to June 1970.
After graduating from the University of Rochester in September 1971, General Williams was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Studies and Analysis, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. There, he conducted studies examining the effectiveness of various tactical aircraft and the contribution of tactical air to the land battle. He graduated from Air War College in June 1976 and was assigned to the 314th Air Division, Osan Air Base, South Korea. He was responsible for the planning and execution of exercises involving Air Force assets in the Korean area.
The general was assigned as an Air Force representative to the Naval War College in July 1978. As a teaching faculty member with the college's naval operations department, he was involved in curriculum development and war gaming. He also served as the senior Air Force adviser to the president of the Naval War College from July 1979 to June 1980.
In August 1980 General Williams transferred to U.S. Air Forces in Europe as deputy commander for operations, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England, where he flew F-5E's. In February 1981 he was assigned as vice commander, The U.S. Logistics Group, Turkey, Detachment 10/39th Tactical Group, Incirlik Air Base, flying F-4D's and F-4E's. He assumed command of the 39th Tactical Group in June 1982. The general returned to the United States and served as military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., from May 1983 to December 1985. He then became special assistant to the deputy chief of staff for logistics and engineering at Air Force headquarters. In November 1986 he was assigned as NORAD command director, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo. In January 1988 he became the first executive director, Joint Strategic Defense Planning Staff, U.S. Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assumed his present duties in August 1988.
General Williams is a command pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1985, with same date of rank.