Every day, military personnel stationed at installations throughout the world put their lives in harm’s way to protect our freedom. For their sacrifice to our country, serviceman will be praised at Albany State University’s annual Veterans Day observance 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 between the L. Orene Hall Building and Sanford Gymnasium. The brave men and women who served in all wars or those who are currently active will be honored. “ASU is especially proud of the students, faculty and staff who are among these men and women who serve our country,” said Connie Leggett, ASU’s Director of the Title 111 Program.
This year’s speaker will be Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Christopher Williams of the United States Navy.
In January 2004, Williams was designated a naval aviator. After successfully completing initial F/A-18 training, he reported to the Dambusters of VFA-195 in Atsugi Japan with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. While onboard, he completed several deployments throughout the Pacific theater, including six West Pac cruises.
Williams earned the distinction of being the number one pilot in the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (also known as VFA-136 or the “Knighthawks) and the number five pilot in the entire air wing onboard the USS Enterprise. The designation was based on strict Naval Air grading criteria during a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Afghan and Iraqi operations
A native of Savannah, Williams graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In case of inclement weather, the observance will be held in the L. Orene Hall Building. For more information about ASU’s Veterans Day observance, contact the Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.