Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Edward Williams
/ Published August 14, 2007
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --
Staff Sgt. Edward Williams, 56th Contracting Squadron, Acquisitions Flight assistant NCO-in-charge
Hometown: New Orleans
Years in service: Nine
Education: Community College of the Air Force associate in applied science degrees in contracts management, avionics systems technology, electronic systems technology; and a National School of Ministry associate in applied science in biblical studies
Previous assignments: Travis Air Force Base, Calif. and Mildenhall AFB, England
Goals: Raise my family; earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in ministry
Greatest feat: Assisted crew chiefs as a communication and navigation troop on a C-130 in an exercise with members of Navy Seal team three
Self-description: High energy and highly motivated
Famous last words: "He who fails to plan, plans to fail."
Off-duty interests: Basketball, golf, teaching
Commander's comments: "Sergeant Ed Williams leads by example and is the epitome of professionalism," said Maj. Thomas Ficklin, 56th CONS commander. "He is a talented supervisor who has earned the respect of the Airmen he oversees. He takes great pride in his personal appearance and sets the standard for the squadron. As a commander, I have come to rely upon his critical reasoning skills and his ability to see each issue to closure -- he doesn't leave things half-done. He's the contract lead for the integrated battle display system acquisition that will consolidate four video feeds on one screen, upgrading the current capabilities in multiple flying squadrons. His outstanding contributions to the 56th Fighter Wing have been recognized multiple times at the squadron level, and he was the 56th Mission Support Group and 56th FW NCO of the Year for 2006. He was most deserving of his recent selection for promotion to the grade of technical sergeant."