Lt. Gen. Robert R. Williams
Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific

Lt. Gen. Robert R. William

     Lt. Gen. Robert Williams was born in Evanston, Wyoming, on 30 June 1918. After graduating West Point in 1940, he became the first Army aviator to earn the Master Army Aviator designation during World War II. Lt. Gen. Williams later served the US Army Pacific as Deputy Commanding General from 1972 to 1974.

     Williams's notable other service includes becoming the first Chief of the Army Aviation Branch G3 for the Department of the Army in 1951. He later became the Commanding General of the US Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In the late 1960's Williams served as the Director of Army Aviation for the Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development in Washington, DC. Afterward he assumed the position of Commanding General for the 1st Aviation Brigade in Vietnam. In 1970 Williams became the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development back in Washington.

     After retirement from the military, Williams served as president of Bell Helicopter International in Fort Worth. Texas. He died on 5 April 2009.

     Among Williams's many awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal.


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