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JOHN C. WILLIAMS

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations
9-11 Memorial

JOHN C. WILLIAMS John C. 'Chuck' Williams was sworn in August 2005 as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations (ADUSD-I) and member of the Senior Executive Service. He serves in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (I&E). He is the lead Pentagon official responsible for all US military installations world-wide.

A native of San Diego, California, Chuck was raised in California's "Inland Empire" and on the deserts of Southern California. He graduated from Claremont High School, Claremont, California. He earned a BA in Geography and Geology from California State University at Chico ('Chico State'), an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and an MA in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, California.

He entered the United States Air Force, through Officer Training School (OTS). After flight training, Chuck flew 150 combat missions in Vietnam in AC119G 'Shadow' Gunships in 1969-70. While serving in assignments in aviation, administration, information systems, and logistics, Chuck was stationed in Kansas, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and at the Pentagon. His final military assignment was at the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, White House, Washington, D.C.

Chuck is a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Department of Defense Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals for aerial combat, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and four Air Force Meritorious Service Medals. Chuck retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in May 1988.

Following his tour of active duty, Chuck joined the 1988 Republican National Convention Staff in New Orleans, Louisiana, and after the election, he served on the Presidential Inaugural Committee Staff in Washington, D.C. In 1989, he received a Presidential appointment to the National Park Service, and was sent on special assignment to California to manage the base closure and transfer of the Army's Presidio of San Francisco to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

From early 2001 to 2003 Chuck worked private property rights and public lands access issues for a variety of clients, including representing San Bernardino County on the Bureau of Land Management’s West Mojave Planning Team.

In November 2001 following the September 11th Attack on America, Chuck became project director for a 9-11 memorial foundation to raise money and build two memorials, one in New York City and the other in Southern California. He was personally responsible for procuring and transporting eighteen tons of World Trade Center steel, plus a damaged FDNY 9-11 fire truck, from Ground Zero in NYC to Southern California, across eighteen states, through twenty-two cities, ten state capitals, and the nation's capital, in eleven days.
In October 2003, Chuck was asked to return to government service with the Department of Defense and became the Director of Personnel for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Following Iraq's Transition to Sovereignty in June 2004, he became the Regional Programs Coordinator, NE, for DOD's Projects & Contracting Office. He was responsible for over two billion dollars in reconstruction projects in four of Iraq's eighteen governorates.

Chuck returned from Iraq in mid-November 2004 and worked as a special consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Until October 2003, Chuck operated Williams Associates, a logistics-consulting firm in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He was a Reserve Deputy in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, and was active in the Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club.