Kevin E. Williams, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director for Studies, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for leading, carrying out, reviewing and ensuring the analytic integrity of studies, analyses and assessments across air, space and cyberspace domains for the Department of the Air Force. He implements Air Force-wide policy and guidance for studies, analyses and assessments to provide comprehensive, defendable and time-sensitive processes that underpin Air Force warfighting and force structure capability and sufficiency assessments; informs and illuminates leadership on emerging issues; fireproofs resource investment decisions.
Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He began active duty in 1980 with undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona. As an operational fighter pilot in the A-10, F-16 and F-111, he had flying and command assignments in Iraq, England, South Korea and the United States.
His staff and joint assignments include Director of the U.S. Strategic Command Global Innovation and Strategy Center; Director of the Air Combat Command Commander's Action Group; Chief of the Information Operations Division at U.S. Northern Command; and National Defense Fellow in the Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group. He has also served as executive officer to the Commander in Chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and to the Commander, Air Force Space Command. He has acquisition experience in key Air Force programs to include the F-15E, B-1B and B-2. He retired from the Air Force in 2005 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service the same year.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Kansas State University
1984 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School
1986 Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering, University of Texas at Austin
1993 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Master of Airpower Art and Science degree, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Outstanding graduate, Air War College, by seminar
1999 National Defense Fellow, Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group, Washington, D.C.
2008 Navy Executive Business Course I and II, University of North Carolina and Babson College, Mass.
2012 Senior Executive Education Program, University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, South Bend, Ind.
2016 Leadership at the Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. February 1980 - October 1981, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.; fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and F-111 training, Cannon AFB, N.M.
2. November 1981 - July 1985, standardization and evaluation flight examiner, and instructor pilot, 494th and 495th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
3. August 1985 - August 1986, graduate student, electrical and computer engineering, University of Texas at Austin
4. September 1986 - July 1989, executive officer to the Director, B-1B System Program Office, and lead systems integration engineer, F-15 SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. August 1989 - July 1992, flight commander, 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, and assistant Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.
6. August 1992 - June 1993, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1993 - June 1994, student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. August 1994 - March 1996, Chief, Wing Plans and Inspections, and operations officer, 27th Operations Support Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.
9. April 1996 - August 1996, student, F-16C training, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
10. September 1996 - June 1997, Chief of Safety, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.
11. July 1997 - June 1998, Commander, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
12. July 1998 - June 1999, National Defense Fellow, Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1999 - January 2000, Director, Commander's Action Group, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
14. February 2000 - June 2002, special assistant and executive officer to the Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
15. August 2002 - April 2003, Deputy Commander, 27th Operations Group, Cannon AFB, N.M.
16. May 2003 - June 2003, student, A-10 Senior Officer Course, 47th Fighter Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
17. July 2003- January 2004, Vice Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Tallil AB, Iraq (October 2003 - November 2003, Commander, 506th Air Expeditionary Group, Kirkuk AB, Iraq)
18. January 2004 - June 2004, Commander, 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Tallil AB, Iraq
19. July 2004 - June 2005, Chief, Information Operations Division, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
20. October 2005 - June 2009, Director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
21. July 2009 - October 2014, Deputy Director, Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
22. October 2014 - present, Director, Studies, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
2014 Meritorious Executive Presidential rank award
(Current as of March 2016)