Colonel Williams is a native of Arkansas. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in February 1991 and attended basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion of the Munitions Systems Specialist course at Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado, he was assigned to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana until March 1992. Colonel Williams completed an inter-service transfer and enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 1992, and attended boot camp at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. In June 1992, after completing recruit training, he was assigned to Marine Combat Training and School of Infantry (SOI), Camp Pendleton, California and promoted to Lance Corporal. Upon completion of SOI, Colonel Williams was assigned primary military occupation specialty (PMOS) 0331 (machine gunner), and transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In September 1992, he was assigned to Charlie Company, Weapons Platoon, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. In February 1993, Colonel Williams deployed as a member of the 24th MEU (SOC) aboard the USS Wasp in support of Operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope in Somalia and several exercises throughout the Middle East.
In December 1993, Colonel Williams was meritoriously promoted to Corporal and served as the machine gun section leader. In March 1994, he was selected to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) at Naval Education and Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion of the BOOST program, Colonel Williams was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning and Education Program (MECEP) and attended the University of Oklahoma in May 1995 where he also played collegiate football. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August 1995. Colonel Williams graduated in May 1998 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He applied for and received a guaranteed aviation contract for the Naval Flight Officer (NFO) program. Upon completion of The Basic School (TBS) and NFO training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Colonel Williams was designated an NFO in May 2000 and reported to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for Aviation Electronic Warfare School (AVEWS) and EA-6B Fleet Replacement Training (FRS) in August 2000. Colonel Williams completed training in September 2001.
In October 2001, Colonel Williams arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and reported for duty with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2. While assigned to VMAQ-2, he was promoted to Captain and performed duties as (Tactical EA-6B Mission Support) TEAMS Officer, Classified Material Control Center (CMCC) Officer, Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) Training Officer, Schedules Writer, Squadron Assistance Risk Assessment (SARA) Officer, Suicide Prevention Officer, Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Coordinator, Assistant Electronic Warfare Officer, Future Operations and Tactics Officer, and the Squadron’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Colonel Williams held the following designations: Functional Check Flight (FCF) Evaluator, Operational Risk Management (ORM) Instructor, Electronic Warfare Tactics Officer (EWTO), Instrument Instructor, Assistant NATOPS Instructor, Mission Commander, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI). Colonel Williams completed one unit deployment to MCAS Iwakuni and deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM (2003) and IRAQI FREEDOM II (2004-2005). Colonel Williams has accumulated nearly 1000 EA-6B flight hours.
In June 2005, Colonel Williams reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, as a student at Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS). After graduating EWS in May 2006, he reported to Officer Candidate School (OCS) as a summer augment instructor where he served as 3rd Platoon Commander for Golf Company. After a successful tour at OCS, Colonel Williams reported to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, where he underwent pilot transition training, promoted to Major in August 2008, and received his second wings of gold in July 2009 as a Naval Aviator. In August 2009, Colonel Williams arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and reported to the Aircrew Training Unit to undergo training as a KC-130J pilot.
In February 2010, Colonel Williams arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, and reported for duty with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) and reassigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 on Camp Foster, Japan, for duty as the Executive Officer. In March 2011, Colonel Williams completed his tour and reported back to VMGR-152 and deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi. During this tour, Colonel Williams held the following billets: S-4/S-6 Officer in Charge, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Executive Officer. He held the following designations: Transport Plane Commander (TPC), Basic Instructor Pilot (BIP), Functional Check Pilot (FCP) and Section Leader. Colonel Williams has accumulated over 750 KC-130J flight hours.
In April 2013, Colonel Williams reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, as the Current Operations Officer, PME Policy & Operations, Marine Corps University. In December 2014, he was further directed to report to Headquarters Marine Corps for duty in the Afghanistan/Pakistan (AFPAK) Hands Program where he underwent language, cultural, and regional training. After completion of pre-deployment training, Colonel Williams deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July 2014 for a ten-month deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. In May 2015, he returned from Afghanistan and was assigned at Headquarters, Aviation Department, Aviation Manpower and Support Branch as the Deputy Branch Head (ASM-2) and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in July 2015. In June 2017, Colonel Williams assumed command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment B at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY. After a successful command tour and selection to Top-Level School, Colonel Williams reported to H&S Bn, HQMC, Henderson Hall, for assignment as a CMC Fellow with USAID. After completion of TLS, Colonel Williams reported to Bahrain as the MARCENT Coordination Element OIC in July 2020 and was subsequently slated to command Marine Aircraft Group 14 in August 2020 and reported for command in September 2020.
Colonel Williams was selected as the 2005 Marine Corps Aviation Association Naval Flight Officer of the Year. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Second Award), Air Medal Single Mission Award with Combat Distinguish Device, Air Medal Strike Flight with Roman Numeral 3, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Third Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. In May 2011, Colonel Williams received a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in July 2018.