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Dr. Andy Williams, center, Air Force Research Laboratory Deputy Technology Executive Officer for Space Science & Technology, explains the engineering of the Roll-Out-Solar Array, or ROSA, to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich during a past visit to AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Dr. Andy Williams, center, Air Force Research Laboratory Deputy Technology Executive Officer for Space Science & Technology, explains the engineering of the Roll-Out-Solar Array, or ROSA, to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich during a past visit to AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. (Air Force Research Laboratory)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Dr. Andrew Williams as deputy technology executive officer for Space Science and Technology.

Williams will work to ensure integrated development and execution of Space S&T efforts within AFRL.

"Dr. Williams is exceptionally well-qualified, experienced, and a respected leader within AFRL, the USSF, and our Science and Technology stakeholders," said Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL commander.

Williams takes the lead from acting D-TEO Dr. Kelly Hammett.

"I couldn't have had a better leader to take on this challenge, and I am grateful to Kelly for putting us in a fantastic position to carry out the space technology of the future," Pringle said.

Williams previously worked at the AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, having served most recently as Space Mission Area Lead.

"In my most recent role as the Space Mission Area Lead, I oversaw AFRL's space science and technology investment strategy, ensuring synchronization with the technology needs for Space Force, Space Operations Command, and Space Systems Command and that experience will be very valuable in my new role," Williams said.

Williams' career with AFRL began as an Air Force Palace Acquire intern, a program that places recent college graduates in positions with growth opportunity. Williams holds three degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in aerospace engineering services from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in engineering from the University of New Mexico.

"Throughout my career I've experienced the dramatic changes and challenges that led to the stand-up of the Space Force, and I'm excited as the D-TEO to be part of that and ensure AFRL delivers science and technology necessary to advance our national defense, in the space warfighting domain," Williams said.

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