Major Robert “Tookie” Williams is a native of Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 2001 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Platoon Leader’s Course program.
After completing the Basic Officer’s Course in Quantico, VA, Second Lieutenant Williams trained with the “Boomers” of VT-27 and the “Redhawks” of VT-21 before reporting to the “Rough Raiders” of VFA-125 for F/A-18 Hornet training.
In 2005, Captain Williams joined the “Bengals” of VMFA (AW)-224, flying the F/A-18D from MCAS Beaufort, SC. While there, Captain Williams deployed with the squadron to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Unit Deployment Program and participated in Exercises Cobra Gold and Commando Sling.
Captain Williams earned his Forward Air Controller certification and joined the “Warlords” of 2d Battalion, 2d Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC as Battalion Air Officer in 2008. Captain Williams deployed with the battalion in 2009 to Forward Operating Base Delhi, Helmand Province in support of the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.
Upon returning from combat in 2010, Captain Williams was again assigned to Pensacola, this time to join the VT-10 “Wildcats,” where he served as T-6A Instructor Pilot, Student Control T-6 Department Head, and Training/Standardization Department Head.
Major Williams departed VT-10 in June 2013 and reported to the III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Command Element aboard Camp Courtney, Okinawa. While there, he served as Operations Center Officer in Charge, Staff Secretary, and Company Commander, Headquarters and Service Company, III MEF Headquarters Group.
In August 2016, Major Williams reported to Headquarters & Headquarters Support Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, and served as the Airfield Operations Officer until August 2017. He currently serves as the Air Station Executive Officer and UC-12W pilot.
Major Williams has flown over 2,500 hours in various military and civil aircraft. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology from Purdue University, and is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic Tactical Air Control Party course.
His personal awards include multiple Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, plus various unit awards. He is the recipient of the VT-10 and Training Wing Six 2012 Instructor Pilot of the Year awards, as well as the 2012 Association of Naval Aviation (Goshawk Squadron) Instructor Pilot of the Year award.