Sylvester native takes over major USAF Command

Sylvester native takes over major USAF Command

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Sylvester native Scott Williams, a Worth County High School alumnus, is now the commander of the Continental U.S. Aerospace Defense Region – 1st Air Force, (Air Forces Northern.)

Lieutenant General Williams succeeds Lt. Gen. William H. Etter.

Williams, an F-16 Viper pilot, comes to Tyndall Air Force Base from Kuwait, where he served at the U.S. Embassy as the Chief, Office of Military Cooperation. Prior to that he served as Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

Williams, a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours, including 300 combat hours, said he's looking forward to immersing himself in his new responsibilities.

"I'm both proud and humbled to join this outstanding team in the accomplishment of its critical, no-fail mission," Williams said. "Together, we'll continue to expand the capabilities and strengthen the operations that keep our fellow Americans and our neighbors safe from harm."

As a native Southerner, he added, "It's good to be back home."

General Williams received his commission in 1984, after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Williams' three-decade Air Force career has seen him decorated with an enormous string of accolades, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star, to list just a few.

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