Special Ops Spaatzen Promoted to Colonel
Florida’s George F. Williams, Spaatz #489, was recently promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. A master navigator with over 3000 flight hours, Colonel Williams has spent his entire Air Force career in the Special Operations community as an Electronic Warfare Officer and Fire Control Officer aboard AC-130H Spectregunships and MC-130E Combat Talon special mission aircraft. As a Special Operation aircrewman, he served in a number of high-profile military operations including URGENT FURY (Grenada), JUST CAUSE (Panama), DESERT STORM (Iraq), UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti), SOUTHERN WATCH (Kuwait), and ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan). His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. In addition to his promotion, the colonel was named vice commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla.
Originally from Florida, Colonel Williams earned his Spaatz Award as a member of Indiana Wing’s South Bend Composite Squadron while attending Notre Dame University, where he was an Air Force ROTC distinguished graduate as well as the top graduate in his AFROTC class. In 2003 he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Touro University International with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The colonel also remains an active member of CAP; he is a CAP pilot, observer and ground team leader and was Florida Wing’s Incident Commander of the Year in 1999 and again in 2001. A Gill Robb Wilson Award recipient, he is a former commander of Florida Wing’s Group 1. 21 Jun 2003.