The Airlift/Tanker Association (A/TA) is proud to announce Major General Paul L. Williams as its 29th Hall of Fame inductee! An airlift leader of impeccable character and courage, General Williams led United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) troop carrier forces in the Mediterranean and European theaters of operations during World War II. General Williams will be formally recognized at our annual Hall of Fame Banquet, held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Airlift/Tanker Association Convention and Air Mobility Technology Exhibition and Air Mobility Command and A/TA Symposium in Orlando, FL, October 26-29, 2017. In 2018, his bronze bust will be permanently mounted in the Mobility Memorial Park at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
This year’s convention theme, Mobility Airmen—“Ever Present, Agile, Innovative and Ready to Roll,” reflects the grit and determination General Williams exhibited through the massive and uniquely successful troop-carrier efforts of WWII. In various command positions during the War, General Williams directed the force buildups, training, doctrine development, and planning of the largest airborne drops in history, plus he often led them in the face of active enemy resistance.
General Williams’ dedicated service to his country made him a pioneer of air power and a formative leader whose influence continues to shape the organization, tactics, and doctrines directly benefiting generations of mobility Airmen and deserving of the prestigious honor of induction into the A/TA Hall of Fame. This selection clearly demonstrates one of A/TA’s key themes – Preserve Air Mobility Culture. General Williams is another example of a Hall of Fame inductee of whom we can easily say, “We stand on the shoulders of these great leaders.”
The Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to honor those individuals and teams who have demonstrated superior or sustained performance in the advancement of air mobility and refueling.