U.S. Air Force Captain Chaplain Christian Williams has traveled the world, but always likes to come home to Hope to visit friends and family.
Williams was born to Calvin Williams and Dorothy Tolliver and attended Hope schools, graduating in 1993. He participated in the track and field program and played football at Hope High School.
He was licensed and ordained at Rising Star Baptist Church in Hope and was commissioned as a chaplain in the United States Air Force in 2003. He is a representative of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
In addition to his many medals and accommodations, Williams recently received the Air Force District of Washington's “2013 Capital Airman” award which is given to at least one Airman, service member or civil servant, from each of the 50 states, who has exemplified the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all he/she does.
In order to be chosen for this award, each Airman must be nominated by his or her leadership for doing an outstanding job within the Air Force district of service, in this case the District of Washington. Names of Airmen who are nominated are then provided to AFDW Public Affairs, who determines award winners based on excellence in representation of the Air Force.
“My job is to provide spiritual care and comfort to retirees, dependents, and active duty personnel,” Williams said. “I extend condolences and plan services. I want to help families in transition. I have the unique privilege of serving servicemen, retired and active duty, and to provide them and their families with a dignified final service.”
Williams also ensures religious accommodations, provides funerals, committal services, and military honors for deceased Air Force veterans, spouses, and other family members to be interred or inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., in 1998; a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., in 2002; Commissioned Officer Training at Maxwell AFB, Ala., in 2003, and Chaplain Orientation Course, also at Maxwell AFB, Ala. Also, while at Maxwell, he completed an Intermediate Chaplain Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Williams' assignments have included Travis AFB, in Calif., Kunsan Air Base in Korea, Lackland AFB, Texas, and from June, 2011 to the present, he is chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
“As one of the U. S. Air Force's five direct reporting units, Air Force District of Washington provides support for approximately 40,000 Air Force military and civilian members in more than 500 locations in over 100 countries,” Williams said.
Williams said that he gets home to Hope as much as he can.
“This is still my home and I've got family and friends still here. I love Southwest Arkansas and it will always be where my roots grow deep,” he said.