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COLONEL (DR.) LEE D. WILLIAMES

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Colonel (Dr.) Lee Williames is the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. He provides Combatant Commanders with medical programs to create and sustain reliable combat ready forces to conduct nuclear deterrence and global strike operations. Colonel Williames directs strategy, policy, training, manpower and resources for eight military treatment facilities in nine Wings with 2,530 medical staff, assuring trusted care for 171,000 beneficiaries via $107 million annual operating budgets. Colonel Williames promotes the Air Force Surgeon General’s programs for resilient Airmen and families, a fit force, casualty care, clinical quality and patient safety within the command.

Colonel Williames entered the Air Force after graduating from Georgetown University Medical School in 1996. He has completed pediatric internship and residency as well as a fellowship in developmental behavioral pediatrics and is a graduated fellow of the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Colonel Williames has worked on Air Force and Department of Defense policy in the areas of autism and care of special needs children and has received a variety of teaching and research recognitions. He has been awarded Special Experience Identifiers for Excellence in Clinical or Academic Teaching, as a Certified Physician Executive, and in Arctic Leadership. In addition to participating in a variety of medical humanitarian, embassy, and MTF support missions, leading multidisciplinary teams in Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, he has commanded the largest Air Force hospitals in the European and Pacific theaters.

Prior to his current position, he was the Commander of the 673 Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and the Alaska Command Surgeon.

EDUCATION
1988 - 1992 Bachelor of Arts, double major Biology & Philosophy, University of Scranton, Penn.
1992 - 1996 Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington D.C. 1996 - 1999 Pediatric Residency Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1999 - Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2003 Intermediate Executive Skills Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas 2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2006 - 2009 Developmental Pediatric Fellowship, Madigan Army Medical Center 2011 Air War College, by correspondence
2016 Interagency Institute for Health Care Executives, Washington, D.C. 2018 LEADS Capstone Course for MHS Leaders, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1999 - July 2003, General Pediatrician, 55th Medical Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Omaha, Neb.
2. July 2003 - June 2006, EDIS Flight Commander, 31st Medical Operations Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy
3. June 2006 - July 2009, Developmental Pediatric Fellowship, Madigan Army Medical Center, Washington
4. July 2009 - June 2012, EDIS Flt Commander, 48th Medical Operations Squadron, Lakenheath AFB, England
5. July 2012 - July 2014, Chief of Medical Staff, 31st Medical Group, Aviano AB, Italy
6. July 2014 - June 2016, Commander, 96th Medical Operations Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. July 2016 - July 2018, Commander, 48th Medical Group, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
8. August 2018 - July 2021, Commander, 673d Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
9. August 2021 - present, Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters 
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain May 22, 1996
Major May 22, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel May 22, 2008
Colonel May 22, 2014

(Current as of August 2021)