1LT Thomas Williams
1LT Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr., was a pilot and proud patriot. Thomas was an Aviation Officer of OH-58D (R) Kiowa scout helicopter, and Platoon Leader in C/1/230th ACS, Tennessee Army National Guard at the McGee Tyson Aviation Flight Facility in Louisville, outside of Knoxville. Thomas loved the military, the National Guard, and his goal was to fly the Kiowa. Thomas touched the lives of so many through all aspects of his life – family, friends, fraternity, military and his work business. His ambition and personality affected each person he came across, and he left a lasting legacy in every life he entered. Thomas graduated from Hillwood High School in Nashville in 2003 and entered The University of Tennessee – Knoxville, where he graduated in December 2007 (being the only ROTC graduate at this graduation), with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Geography with concentrations in Military Science, business, urban development and land use and planning. During his freshman year at UT, Thomas joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and remained active in the organization. Thomas was owner and president of Southeast Investment Group, which he started in 2009 in Knoxville, specializing in real estate sales and investments as well as construction and project management. Thomas was especially proud and loved restoring, renovating and preserving older and historic homes, particularly the Victorian houses in the World’s Fair Park area of Knoxville. In Nov. 2011, he was awarded posthumously the “Fantastic Fifteen” Knox Heritage Award for historic preservation. Each renovation project always included a partnership with close military or fraternity friendships. In the April 4, 2008 “Knoxville News Sentinel” article and photos, Thomas was quoted regarding historic home preservation , “History isn’t being erased, it’s being lived in and these homes represent the recycling of history in downtown Knoxville.” He was an affiliate broker at ERA Top Producers Real Estate in Knoxville and also was a Project Manager at A & L Construction. As a sophomore at The University of Tennessee, Thomas became a real estate agent, affiliate broker and advisor with Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace in Knoxville. As an ROTC Cadet at UT – Knoxville, Thomas served with the U. S. Army Reserve and TNARNG, C TRP/1/230th ACS. Thomas was commissioned as a 2LT Tennessee Army National Guard after completing the UT ROTC program. He returned to the UT Army ROTC program in 2011 as an assistant professor of Military Science. After being commissioned, Thomas became Officer Strength Manager and Interim Company Commander of Det 2 HHT/1/230th ACS. In Feb. 2008, he moved into Liaison Officer of Det 2 HHT/1/230th ACS. He also completed a Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky., and Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Ft. Lewis, Washington. In March 2009 Thomas left for Officer Training. He completed Basic Officer Leadership Course II at Ft. Benning, GA, and Aviation Officer Basic Course OH – 58D (R) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. After graduation from flight school in November 2010, he returned to serve as Aviation Officer and Platoon Leader at Det 2 HHT/1/230th ACS at Alcoa. At Ft. Rucker in 2009 and 2010, Thomas completed HOST – Helicopter Overwater Survival Training; DUNKER – N9; HEEDS – Helicopter Emergency Egress Device System; SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape; Level C Full Spectrum; and U. S. Army Armor School Cavalry Leader Course. Thomas was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2011. He received the Knoxville Chapter DAR award while at The University of Tennessee in the ROTC program. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr., was born January 31, 1985, in Nashville, to Thomas Joseph Williams, Sr (Tom)and Lynne Tune Williams. In addition to his parents, Thomas has two sisters Ann-Marie Williams Satterfield, and Mary Jo Williams.