Hometown Hero

Jeffrey N. Williams (Colonel, USA, Ret.) NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born, January 18, 1958 in Superior, Wisconsin, but considers Winter, Wisconsin to be his hometown. Married to the former Anna-Marie Moore of Newburgh, New York. They have two sons. Enjoys running, fishing, camping, skiing, scuba diving and woodworking. His parents, Lloyd D. and Eunice A. Williams, reside in Winter, Wisconsin. Her mother, Gloria M. Moore, resides in Modena, New York. Her father, S. Stevens Moore, is deceased.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Winter High School, Winter, Wisconsin, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in applied science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in 1980, a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering and the degree of aeronautical engineer from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, both in 1987, and a master of arts degree in National security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996.

ORGANIZATIONS: Association of the U.S. Army, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Army Aviation Association of America, USMA Association of Graduates, Order of Daedalians, Officer Christian Fellowship, Association of Space Explorers.

SPECIAL HONORS: Graduated first in U.S. Naval Test Pilot School class 103; 1988 Admiral William Adger Moffett Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School; 1985 Daedalian Foundation Fellowship Award for Graduate Study in Aeronautics. Awarded 2 Defense Superior Service Medals, 2 Legions of Merit, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, 3 NASA Space Flight Medals, NASA Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Medals, and various other service awards. Master Army Aviator, Senior Space and Parachutist badges. Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE: As a cadet Williams competed on the West Point sport parachute team and also held ratings of sport parachute jumpmaster and instructor. Williams received his commission as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Military Academy in May 1980 and was designated an Army aviator in September 1981. He completed a three-year assignment in Germany where he served in the 3rd Armored Division’s aviation battalion. Following his return to the United States, Williams completed a graduate program in aeronautical engineering, and was subsequently selected for an Army assignment at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he served for over 4 years. In 1992, Williams was selected for the Naval Test Pilot School. After graduation in June 1993, he served as an experimental test pilot and Flight Test Division Chief in the Army’s Airworthiness Qualification Test Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In 1995, he was selected for attendance at the Naval War College command and staff course as an Army exchange officer. Williams retired from the Army in June 2007.

Williams has logged over 2,500 hours in more than 50 different aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Williams began an Army assignment at JSC in 1987. Until his transfer in 1992, he served as a Shuttle launch and landing operations engineer, a pilot in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, and chief of the Operations Development Office, Flight Crew Operations Directorate. Selected by NASA in May 1996, Williams again reported to JSC in August 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, he performed various technical duties in both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs. Along with his space flights, Williams has also completed temporary assignments to Marshall Space Flight Center supporting the test and evaluation of the ISS Laboratory Module and to NASA Headquarters in support of legislative affairs. In May 2000, he served as the flight engineer and lead spacewalker on STS-101. Subsequently he served in the EVA Branch of the Astronaut Office, led the development of the cockpit upgrade requirements for the Space Shuttle, and completed a temporary assignment at. In July 2002, Williams commanded a nine-day undersea coral reef expedition operating from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Aquarius habitat off the coast of Florida. In November 2002, he began training for a long-duration expedition on the International Space Station (ISS) shuttling between JSC and Star City, Russia. Williams was the backup Commander and Soyuz Flight Engineer for the 12 th Expedition to the ISS launched on September 30, 2005. In 2006 he served as Expedition 13 Flight Engineer aboard the ISS. Between flight assignments, he supported the development and implementation of ISS crew of six. Williams served as a backup crewmember for ISS Expeditions 19 and 20 and then flew as flight engineer on Expedition 21 and commander of Expedition 22.

During his three flights, Williams logged over 362 days in space, including more than 19 hours in 3 EVAs.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Williams served as flight engineer and lead space walker for STS-101. STS-101 Atlantis (May 19-29, 2000) was the third Shuttle mission devoted to International Space Station (ISS) construction. Objectives included transporting and installing over 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, and included Williams’ first EVA (space walk) lasting nearly 7 hours. The mission was accomplished in 155 orbits of the Earth, traveling 4.1 million miles in 236 hours and 9 minutes.

Williams was the Expedition 13 Flight Engineer and Science Officer aboard the International Space Station. The Expedition 13 crew was launched on March 29, 2006 on the Russian Soyuz TMA 8 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, docking with the station on March 31, 2006. During 6-months tour of duty aboard the ISS, in addition to station maintenance and some science activities, Williams performed two successful spacewalks logging 12 hours and 25 mins of EVA wearing both Russian and U.S. spacesuits, and also saw the arrival of two space shuttle missions, the resumption of construction of the orbiting laboratory, and the restoration of a three-person crew. The Expedition 13 mission concluded on September 28, 2006 with a safe landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Williams served as a Flight Engineer on Expedition 21 and Commanded Expedtion 22, launching from Baikonur on Soyuz TMA 16 on September 30, 2009. During his second 6-month stay on board the ISS, Williams again saw the arrival of two space shuttle missions as well as the integration of the Russian Mini-Research Module, the US Tranquility Module, and the Cupola. His third flight concluded on March 18, 2010, with the Soyuz TMA 16 landing in Kazakhstan.

MAY 2010