MSgt Brian Williams

Active Duty, Security Forces

  • Hometown: Sierra Vista, Arizona
  • Current Location: Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
  • Injury or Illness: Amputee
  • Location Injury Occurred: Afghanistan

A little about Me

Master Sergeant Brian Williams joined the Air Force in 2000 as a Security Forces military working dog handler. During his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was injured by an improvised explosive device after attempting to clear a known Taliban compound. The blast amputated his left leg above the knee and caused damage to his left arm. He said that if it weren’t for a watch he was wearing on that wrist during the blast he would have lost his hand in the explosion as well. Despite his injuries he worked hard to stay on active duty, earning a position as a Security Forces Instructor. Brian competed in the 2015 and 2016 Warrior Games and 2016 Invictus Games and says adaptive sports, “Gives me a new sense of purpose, playing ball with the local wheelchair basketball team is fun, it gives me an outlook of what I could possibly do once I have finished my enlistment.” He was recently selected to represent Team USA at the Invictus Games in Toronto later this year.

Awards and Decorations

  •   Purple Heart
  •   Bronze Star Medal
  •   AF Commendation Medal
  •   AF Achievement Medal w/2 OLC
  •   Legion of Merit