Cmdr. Stephen "Snakes" Williams
Cmdr. Stephen “Snakes” Williams is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He has also attained a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Post Graduate School. Williams was most recently assigned as the MQ-4C Triton deputy requirements officer.
Previously, he was the maintenance officer of Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, the “Big Red” of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida, and had the pleasure of accepting the squadron’s first two aircraft. Williams completed his first flying tour with FAIRECONRON (VQ) 2, the “Rangers” from NAS Whidbey, Washington where he executed several operational deployments to 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleets in support of Operations Inca Gold, Carib Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He achieved designation as electronic warfare mission commander.
Williams’ subsequent tours included the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for catapult and arresting gear officer (shooter) duties. During his shooter tour, he qualified as a helicopter control officer and officer of the deck in-port. He also served as the arresting gear branch officer and V-3 (Hangar Deck) division officer.
Williams was later assigned to fly with the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While onboard VP-30 he served as the inaugural MQ-4C FIT instructor tactical coordinator, crew resource management instructor, and instructor-under-training instructor (IUT-I).
Williams’ shore tours include flag officer detailing (OPNAV N00F) duties. Those duties entailed issuing PCS orders, scheduling statutory education, and prepping the CNO for SECNAV engagements regarding flag officer staffing and retirements.
During his career, Williams has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit, and service medals.