|Captain William James Parker III
Chief of Staff
Captain William Parker is a 1988 distinguished military graduate and class president of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a native of Maryland.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Parker has commanded Destroyer Squadron Twenty Three, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Whirlwind (PC 11) and USS Zephyr (PC 8). He has also served at sea aboard USS New Jersey (BB 62), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Reuben James (FFG 57), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) as Chief Staff Officer of DESRON 21 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and as Commodore embarked on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).
Ashore, Captain Parker served as the Senior Military Adviser to the Secretary of State for Iraq Affairs; as the Senior Adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan; as a strategic planner in the Strategy Division (N513) of the OPNAV Staff; as strategist for the 2000 Quadrennial Defense Review; and as Campaign Plans Branch Chief on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Naval District Washington and Military Sealift Command. Captain Parker was the Chief of Naval Operations’ 2013-2014 Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Captain Parker operated on the ground during combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly two years in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, including a one-year tour as Chief of Campaign Plans in Baghdad, Iraq.
Parker holds a Doctorate Degree in Biological Defense from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology and a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Captain Parker is the 2009 James Stockdale Award winner for Inspirational Leadership. He was the Joint Staff (J-7) Action Officer of the Year.
He holds various decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medals(5), and the Department of State Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. Captain Parker is an award winning author who has published over twenty articles on leadership at sea, epidemiology, infrastructure vulnerability, and weapons of mass casualties. He has authored two books.
Parker is Joint Service Officer qualified and is certified by Sandia National Labs to conduct threat assessments for public water systems, utilities and metropolitan areas. He is a SERE school graduate and qualified military parachutist.