Military Bios

Rear Admiral Melvin G. Williams, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Submarine Group Nine
His first submarine assignment was onboard USS Jack (SSN 605). Jack earned the Navy Unit Commendation. Ashore he next served as a Joint Service Cruise Missile (Tomahawk) project officer at headquarters Defense Mapping Agency (DMA, now NGA) Washington, D.C. DMA earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. While off-duty he earned a Master of Science in Engineering degree from Catholic University. He was designated a Joint Service Officer.
His next submarine assignment was as Engineer Officer onboard USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) (Gold). The ship earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency Award, and the Fleet Golden Anchor Award.
Rear Adm. Williams then served ashore on the Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board followed by submarine assignment as Executive Officer onboard USS Louisville (SSN 724). His tour on Louisville included combat operations and the first Tomahawk cruise missile strike by a nuclear submarine in history during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Louisville’s awards included the Navy Unit Commendation and the Battle Efficiency Award.
Next he served ashore as Nuclear Enlisted Program Manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel Command, Washington, D.C., before reporting to the Trident submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) (Gold) to relieve as Commanding Officer.
During his five strategic deterrent patrols in command, Nebraska was selected as the top Navy and Air Force Strategic Missile Unit (Omaha Trophy). This was the first time a Trident submarine was selected for this prestigious award for excellence. Nebraska also earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency Award, the Atlantic Fleet Outstanding Ballistic Missile Submarine Award, the Strategic Mission Excellence “S”, the Tactical Readiness Top Performer distinction, the Engineering Excellence “E”, the Damage Control “DC”, the Supply Excellence “E”, the Local Navy-wide Personal Excellence Partnership awards, and the Fleet Silver Anchor Award.
He served as Executive Assistant to Director, Submarine Warfare Division, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff, Washington, D.C., before reporting as Commander, Submarine Squadron Four.
As Commander, Submarine Squadron Four safety, readiness, and esprit de corps improved for his six fast attack submarines. A Squadron Four submarine was selected as the best all around ship in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet (Battenberg Cup). This was the first time in the 96-year history of the Battenberg Cup competition that a submarine has won this prestigious award for excellence.
Rear Adm. Williams served as Chief of Staff, Commander, Carrier Group Five, in the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed Battle Group (Kitty Hawk Battle Group) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. Carrier Group Five is compromised of 10 ships approximately 8,000 people, and 72 aircraft. During this sea intensive period the Kitty Hawk Battle Group participated in combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, post EP-3 incident contingency operations, as well as several joint and coalition exercises. Commander, Carrier Group Five earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation. He returned to the Pentagon as Special Assistant to Director, Submarine Warfare Division until assuming Command of Submarine Group Nine.
As Commander, Submarine Group Nine, he is responsible for 12 submarines (seven SSBNs, three SSGNs, three SSNs), two submarine squadrons, and approximately 4,000 people operating from Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor, Wash.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). Other awards include: Defense Mapping Agency Outstanding Personnel of the year, and U.S. Black Engineer of the year – Special Recognition in 1994, and the Award for Professional Achievement in Government in 1995, and the National Society of Black Engineers 2003 Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Government. He was selected for Flag rank in 2002.
Updated: 17 November 2004


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