MSC Far East

Capt. Robert R. Williams, USN

Commodore, Military Sealift Command Far East

Capt. Williams is a native of 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 Officer Candidate School in 1995.

His first sea tour was aboard USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), where he served as Electrical Officer. In April 1998, Capt. Williams reported to Special Boat Unit TWENTY where he served as Detachment Alpha, Officer in Charge.

In July 2000, Capt. 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). He assumed duties as Commanding Officer in USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in January 2012.

Capt. Williams has attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management in December 2005 and National War College where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy in June 2015.

His shore tours included: The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) servings as the contingency analyst. 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. Post Commander Command, he was reassigned to ASN (FM&C) as Assistant Director, Financial Management and Budget and Assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Budget. Most recently was the Shipbuilding and Modernization program lead in OPNAV N801, the Bullpen.

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medals; Navy Commendation Medals; Navy Achievement Medals and various unit and service awards.