Brent Williams had never been outside of Texas until he enlisted in the Navy. The high school football star, who comes from a long line of veterans, says that serving was "the best decision of my life." And not just because it was the beginning of an 8-year career as a decorated submariner.
In his typically humble fashion, Brent likes to say he wore "many hats" while onboard the USS San Juan. In addition to being the ship's Culinary Specialist, he was a member of the Firefighting Hoses Team and Hazardous Material Team, a Submarine Dive Tender, and records keeper.
Between deployments, he met his wife and nominator, Jessica, in Groton. Together they're raising four daughters while Jessica teaches pre-school and Brent works toward a Business degree. He hopes to start a business that both hires and helps vets that are struggling with their return to civilian life. They're active in the community, with Brent coaching a flag football team and his daughters' softball team, while the entire family regularly performs various community services together. Jessica easily sums up Brent's approach to his family and his fellow vets: "Give without question."