COL Chris M. Williams enlisted in the Army National Guard in April 1989 as a 31C single channel operator. After completing Officer Candidate School, he received his commission as an Armored Calvary officer in the South Carolina National Guard. He served as tank platoon and scout platoon leader before joining the Army Reserve. While in the Army Reserve, COL Williams served as commander for three separate units, 665 Quartermaster Detachment, 824th Quartermaster Company (Airborne), and 421st Chemical Detachment. Williams deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2005 to August 2006. There, he served as deputy team chief for an embedded Military Transition Team with the Iraqi Army.
After returning from deployment in 2007, COL Williams was assigned to the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, South Carolina Army National Guard. He mobilized as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, serving as the Air Defense coordination officer at U.S. Army North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and later at Air Forces Northern, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
COL Williams returned to the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, serving as plans officer for training all air and missile defense forces in support of NORAD, as well as planning and executing multiple aerospace security missions throughout the U.S. in support of United States Secret Service.
In January 2013 he deployed as part of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s forward element, briefly serving as deputy brigade commander for the 69th Air Defense Brigade, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from deployment, he served as deputy operations officer, 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command from February 2014 to August 2016. He was then assigned as deputy commander for the National Capital Region – Integrated Air and Missile Defense Joint Task Force at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC. His last assignment before taking command of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade was the NORAD Chief Air Defense coordination officer.
Col. Williams' military education includes Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Air Defense Transition Course, Quartermaster Officer Advance Course and Armor Officer Basic Course.
His civilian education includes a Master of Arts in education supervision and administration from North Carolina Central University and Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Newberry College.
Col. Williams's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge and Parachute Rigger Badge.