Vice Admiral Melvin G. Williams is Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Director, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Center of Excellence. He was selected for Flag rank in 2002. Personal Biography, Vice Admiral Williams was born in San Diego, California and raised in Washington, DC. Military Biography, He has sixteen years of operational assignments, which include: Commander, Submarine Group 9 (Bangor, Washington), Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group 5 (Yokosuka, Japan), Commander, Submarine Squadron 4 (Groton, Connecticut), Commanding Officer, USS NEBRASKA (SSBN-739)(GOLD) (Kings Bay, Georgia.), Executive Officer, USS LOUISVILLE (SSN-724) (San Diego, California), Engineer Officer, USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN-624)(GOLD) (Charleston, S.C.) and Division Officer, USS JACK (SSN-605) (Groton, Connecticut). Vice Admiral Williams' eight years of staff assignments include: Special Assistant to Director Submarine Warfare Division (Washington, DC) , Executive Assistant to Director Submarine Warfare Division (Washington, DC), Nuclear Enlisted Program Manager, BUPERS (Washington, DC), Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board - Commander, Atlantic Fleet (Norfolk, Va.), Joint service at Headquarters Defense Mapping Agency (now National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or NGA) as TOMAHAWK Cruise Missile Requirements Officer (Washington, DC), and Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike, United States Strategic Command (Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.) He served as the Director of Global Operations, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska before assuming his current position on December 21, 2006. Education, U.S. Naval Academy - 1978 (B.S. Mathematics), Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Submarine Officer Training - 1979, Catholic University - 1984 (M.S. Engineering), Joint Maritime Tactics Course - 1999, CAPSTONE, National Defense University - 2002, Executive Business Course, Naval Postgraduate School - 2003, Harvard University, JFK School of Government - Senior Executive Program in National and International Security - 2005, Awards and decorations, Military Awards: Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Other awards: Defense Mapping Agency Outstanding Personnel of the Year, U.S. Black Engineer of the Year - Special Recognition in 1994 and the Award for Professional Achievement in Government in 1995, National Society of Black Engineers 2003 Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Government, Other Facts, VADM Williams is the son of a retired Submarine Force Master Chief Petty Officer., VADM WIlliams has been designated as a Joint Service Officer (JSO).