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Lt Col Van Don Williams









Chaplain Van Don Williams joined CAP in 1984 as a Finance Officer for the Academy Aeronautics Cadet Squadron of New York Wing. In 1998, he was appointed as Moral Leadership Officer for Academy squadron and did additional duty as MLO for August Martin Cadet Squadron.  In 1999, Van Don became a CAP Chaplain and assumed the duties of Group Chaplain for New York City Group.

In Oct, 2001, he was assigned to the New York Wing staff as Wing Chaplain where he recruited and trained 12 chaplains and 20 Moral Leadership Officers.  In 2002, Chaplain Williams became the first CAP Chaplain to graduate from a USAF sponsored Ethical Leadership course.

 “In his 20+ years of continuous involvement with Civil Air Patrol, Chaplain Williams has completed all levels of professional development, attaining the prestigious Gill Robb Wilson award in 2002. Chaplain Williams has held numerous positions in CAP; Northeast Region Chaplain and Northeast Region Director of Critical Incident Stress Management,  National Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Administration and Professional Development and Staff Chaplain for National Staff College

Chaplain Williams is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) of Ellicott City, Md, where he is a National Certified Instructor for several CISM courses: Pastoral Crisis Intervention (I & II), Assisting Individual in Crisis, Group Crisis Intervention, Grief Following Trauma, Suicide Awareness for the Crisis Responder, and the Changing Face of Disaster Mental Health.  Chaplain Williams holds Certificates in Specialized Training from the ICISF in Mass Disasters and Terrorism, Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention, and Schools & Children Crisis Response.

Presently, Chaplain Williams has been assigned to the Southeast Region, and now assists the Southeast Region as Deputy Region Chaplain and Interim Wing Chaplain for Puerto Rico.

Chaplain Williams has taken on additional duties as Staff Chaplain, Instructor and Registrar for the Chaplain Emergency Service School located at the National Emergency Service Academy in Indiana.

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