Maj. Gen. John B. Williams is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He is responsible for providing full-spectrum, total force, warfighting air and space operations capability, including air defense of 29 NATO Alliance member nations. The area of responsibility includes over 10 installations, 32,000 military and civilian personnel in 104 countries on three continents throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. He supports personnel, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, operations, logistics, planning, programming and requirements for capability-based solutions in support of the warfighter.
General Williams was commissioned from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He entered the Air Force Reserve unit program at March Air Reserve Base, California flying the KC-10A and has held command positions at squadron, group and wing levels. The General has flown combat and combat support missions in support of operations Just Cause, Restore Hope, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. He deployed twice as Operations Officer to Southwest Asia, and in 2011 he deployed as Deputy Director of Operations Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn aboard the USS Mount Whitney. He also deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan as Deputy Director of Operations U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in 2013. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.
He is a commercial airline pilot with more than 10,000 hours of civilian flying time.
1985 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1989 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1990 Strategic Air Command Advanced Instrument Flight Course, Castle AFB, Calif.
1990 Master of Business Administration, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2010 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2011 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2011 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Joint Air and Space Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2014 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1. July 1985 - December 1986, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. December 1986 - January 1989, KC-135A Pilot, 41st Air Refueling Squadron, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
3. January 1989 - October 1991, KC-10A Aircraft Commander, 6th/9th Air Refueling Squadron, March ARB, Calif.
4. October 1991 - September 2003, KC-10A IP/Evaluator, Assistant Chief Pilot, 79th Air Refueling Squadron, March ARB and Travis AFB, Calif.
5. October 2003 - February 2008, Chief Pilot, 79th Aerial Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
6. February 2008- January 2009, Commander 79th Aerial Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
7. January 2009 - August 2010, Deputy Group Commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
8. September 2010 - June 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Enabling Capabilities Command USJFCOM, Norfolk, Va.
9. June 2011 - September 2013, Vice Commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing Travis AFB, Calif.
10. September 2013 – September 2015, Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
11. September 2015 – March 2018, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. March 2018 – present, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, USAFE-AFAFRICA, Ramstein AB, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 2011 – April 2011, Deputy Director of Operations Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, USS Mount Whitney, as a colonel
2. March 2013 – September 2013, Deputy Director of Operations U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, CENTCOM AOR, as a colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,000
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135, KC-10, C-17, B-757, B-767, B-777, B-747-100, B-747-400
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and two silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with campaign star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two campaign stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal, government of Kuwait
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1985
First Lieutenant May 29, 1987
Captain May 29, 1989
Major Oct. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 15, 2005
Colonel July 9, 2010
Brigadier General March 26, 2015
Major General April 11, 2018
(Current as of May 2018)