The Work of His Hands
About the Author
Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams grew up on a farm in the rural township of Winter, Wisconsin. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1980, served more than 27 years active in the US Army, and continues to serve as an active astronaut in the US space program. Serving in that capacity since 1996, Williams has logged a US record of 534 days in space on four flights in direct support of the assembly and operation of the International Space Station (ISS). Williams’s missions include the Space Shuttle mission STS-101 in 2000, three Russian Soyuz flights, and three long-duration stays on the ISS spanning Expeditions 13, 21, 22, 47, and 48, most recently returning to Earth in September 2016. Over that time, he also logged nearly 32 hours during five space walks in both US and Russian space suits. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from USMA, master’s and aerospace engineering degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a master’s degree from the Naval War College. He and his wife, Anna-Marie, reside in Texas and are members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. They have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.