Capt. Michael D. Williams is the fleet chaplain of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
A native of Greenfield, Illinois, Williams received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He completed five units of clinical pastoral education and is an endorsed Southern Baptist pastor.
Williams entered active duty serving with Marine Aircraft Group 13, Yuma, Arizona, where he served as the squadron chaplain for Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, and Marine Aircraft Control Squadron 1. He then reported to USS Princeton (CG 59), San Diego, California as the command chaplain, and deployed to the Arabian Gulf following the terrorist attacks in September 2001.
His next assignment took him to United States Coast Guard Integrated Support Command, Kodiak, Alaska as the air and cutter chaplain and protestant chapel pastor. Williams was detailed to Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia in the pastoral care residency program and graduated with four units of clinical pastoral education. His next tour was with 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Headquarters Battalion and 10th Marine Regiment (Artillery), where he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq for thirteen months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was selected to serve at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as deputy director of professional development and as an instructor. Moving to Twentynine Palms, California, he served with 7th Marine Regiment and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan for ten months as Regimental Combat Team 7 chaplain in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Serving his second Navy sea tour, Williams was assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Bremerton, Washington as command chaplain and Carrier Strike Group 3 chaplain. He then travelled overseas to serve at Commander, Navy Region Japan/Commander, Naval Forces Japan, Yokosuka, Japan, as the region and force chaplain. His following tour was to Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, San Diego, California as fleet chaplain.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit with one gold star, Bronze Star Medal with one gold star, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, United States Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars.