Commander Robert R Williams
CDR Williams was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina where he graduated in 1991. He enlisted in the Navy is 1992 and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School program in 1995.
His first sea tour was aboard USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51), where he served as Electrical Officer. In April 1998, CDR Williams reported to Special Boat Unit TWENTY where he served as Detachment Alpha, Officer in Charge.
In July 2000, CDR Williams reported to USS DEWERT (FFG 45) and served as the Operations Officer. In March 2002, he arrived onboard Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO FOUR as the Operations Officer. CDS-24 deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and served as Commander, Task Force 60. From February 2010 to January 2012 he was the Executive Officer in USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58).
CDR Williams was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management in December 2005. His shore tours followed earning his MBA. He was assigned to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) as the contingency analyst providing supplemental budgets for fiscal years 2006 through 2008. He then transferred to the Joint Staff, J8, Program Budget Analysis Division (PBAD) where he served as the Program and Budget analyst for Navy and U.S. Pacific Command.
He assumed duties as Commanding Officer in USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in January 2012.