Written by Pearly Bowser
Albany, Ga – Albany State University students will learn how science and math relate to naval aviation and about career options with the U.S. Naval Services during Aviation Awareness Days, scheduled for March 22 to 24.Events will begin March 22 with an international speaker forum featuring Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Christopher Williams of the United States Navy at 4 p.m. in Simmons Hall, Room 101, located on the ASU campus. Williams will talk with students about careers in aviation and conduct a question and answer session for participants. ASU alumni will also talk with students about their careers in aviation.
Williams, a designated naval aviator, successfully completed initial F/A-18 training, and 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 his current squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (also known as VFA-136 “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.
Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m., Aviation Awareness activities will move to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for a static display of the F/A-18 aircraft.
The event concludes Sunday, March 24 at 10 a.m. when the aircraft departs the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
Sponsors of Aviation Awareness include the Albany State University NASA Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA), NASA Summer of Innovation, the U.S. Navy, and the ASU Office of Global Programs.
For more information, contact Commander Claven Williams, ASU military liaison coordinator at (229) 430-3995.