Rear Admiral Peter J. Williams, a native of Mechanic Falls, Maine, graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in June 1975 and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1976 following completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. Rear Adm. Williams was designated a Naval Flight Officer in June 1977.
After receiving his wings, Rear Adm. Williams reported to VF-101, NAS Oceana for replacement training in the F-4 Phantom. In June 1978 he reported to VF-31 where he made two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea on board USS Saratoga. He then transitioned to the F-14A Tomcat with the squadron and made a deployment to the Indian Ocean on board USS John F. Kennedy. During this tour Rear Adm. Williams also attended Topgun.
Rear Adm. Williams was assigned to VF-101 as an instructor in the F-14A from August 1982 until July 1985 and then attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. In January 1986, Rear Adm. Williams returned to VF-31 for his department head tour where he made two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic and North Arabian Sea on board USS Forrestal.
He transferred to Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, D.C., in November 1988 where he served as a Deputy Assistant Program Manager (Systems Engineering) at the F-14 Class Desk. His responsibilities there included F-14A and F-14D software development, F-14D weapons integration and the F-14A air-to-ground program. For his next assignment, Rear Adm. Williams served as the Combat Direction Center Officer for Commander Carrier Group Two (CCG-2) from July 1991 to November 1992. During this tour, he was responsible for implementing the role of and serving as the Space and Electronic Warfare Commander (SEWC) for the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group.
Following F-14B refresher flight training at VF-101, Rear Adm. Williams joined VF-143 as the Executive Officer in June 1993 and assumed command of the squadron in August 1994. While in command, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf on board USS George Washington in support of Operations Deny Flight and Southern Watch. After leaving the “Pukin’ Dogs,” Rear Adm. Williams served aboard USS Enterprise as the Air Boss from November 1995 until August 1997 and again deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. After leaving Enterprise, he was assigned to COMNAVAIRSYSCOM in Patuxent River, Md., where he served as the F-14 Class Desk Officer, the Systems Engineering Department Head, and the F-14 Program Manager. He is currently serving as the NAVAIR Assistant Commander for Aviation Depots.
Rear Adm. Williams has recently completed the requirements for a Systems Engineering master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has accumulated over 3400 flight hours, including 2000 in the F-14 and logged over 840 carrier landings. His decorations include a Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, one Strike/Flight Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal, and various other awards.
Effective: 4 November 2004