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Colonel Stephanie W. Williams is Commander, 940th Air Refueling Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. She is responsible for eight unit equipped KC-135R Stratotankers and the organization, training, and equipping of approximately 1200 reserve personnel for worldwide deployment in support of national security objectives. The wing performs in-flight air refueling, cargo and passenger airlift, aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian support during peacetime or in support of contingency operations.

Colonel Williams entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating with military distinction from the United States Air Force Academy and has served in a variety of assignments ranging from squadron level leadership to the Air Staff. She served over nine years on active duty in the United States Air Force and served as a Drill Status Guardsman in the Missouri Air National Guard before joining the Air Force Reserve in 2002. Colonel Williams is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours primarily in C-130 aircraft and is a veteran of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, JOINT FORGE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. She also served as commander for the 385th Air Expeditionary Group at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.


1991 Bachelor of Science degree in political science with minor in foreign language, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

1998 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2000 Master's degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

2002 Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)

2010 Air War College (by correspondence)

2013 Master’s degree in strategic studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA

2017 Certificate in Women in Leadership, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (online campus)

2018 Safety Board President Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018 Director of Mobility Forces Course, USAF Expeditionary Center, Hurlburt Field, FL

2018 AMC Nuclear Leadership Course, Scott AFB, IL

2018 Senior Leader Nuclear Management Course (Nuclear 400), Kirtland AFB, NM


1. August 1991-October 1992, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, TX

2. March 1993-March 1996, Aircraft Commander, C-130E/H/H1, 21st/36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan

3. March 1996-April 1999, Evaluator Aircraft Commander, C-130H3, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR

4. April 1999-October 2000, DoD Formal School Instructor Pilot, C-130E, 53rd Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR

5. October 2000-May 2002, Instructor Aircraft Commander, C-130H2, 180th Airlift Squadron, Rosecrans ANGB, MO

6. June 2002-June 2006, Combat Tactics Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Advanced Airlift Tactics

Training Center, Rosecrans ANGB, MO

7. June 2006-April 2007, Assistant Chief, Operations Support Branch, Training and Tactics Division, HQ Air

Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA

8. April 2007-March 2009, Chief, Operations Support Branch & Acting Deputy Division Chief, Training and

Tactics Division, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA

9. March 2009-January 2012, Director of Operations and C-130 Evaluator Functional Check Flight Pilot, 339th Flight

Test Squadron, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, GA

10. January 2012- July 2012, Executive Officer, Plans and Programs Directorate, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA

11. July 2012 – June 2013, Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA

12. June 2013 – November 2014, Reserve Advisor, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, HQ USAF, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

13. December 2014 – June 2017, Commander, 349th Operations Group, Travis AFB, CA (December 2016 – April 2017 Commander, 385th Air Expeditionary Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)

14. June 2017 - Present, Commander, 940th Air Refueling Wing, Beale AFB, CA


Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 4,000 hours

Aircraft flown: KC-135R, C-17A, KC-10A, C-130E/H/H1/H2/H3/AMP, AC-130H, HC-130H/N/P, MC-130E/H/P/W, T-37, T- 38


Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 6 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 1 oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 device

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with 1 device

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 "M" device and 10 year hourglass device


Second Lieutenant 29 May 1991

First Lieutenant 29 May 1993

Captain 29 May 1995

Major 29 May 2002

Lieutenant Colonel 14 Aug 2008

Colonel 20 Jun 2013

(Current as of February 2019)