Vice Admiral Melvin G. Williams, Jr. USN (Ret.) graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and served 32 years in the U.S. Navy, including 22 years of operational assignments, retiring as Vice Admiral, Commander, U.S. Second Fleet. Vice Adm. Williams' awards include: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). Other awards include: Defense Mapping Agency Outstanding Personnel of the year, U.S. Black Engineer of the year – Special Recognition in 1994 and the Award for Professional Achievement in Government in 1995, the 2003 National Society of Black Engineers Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Government, 2009 Thurgood Marshall Award for Service and Leadership. He lives in Temple Hills, MD.