Chuck Williamson served 17 years in the U.S. Army and was medically retired as a Sergeant First Class. He first was deployed as a tank driver during Operation Desert Storm. For the first nine years of service, he was an Armor Crewman and held every position on a tank: loader, driver, gunner and tank commander. During this time, he held several leadership positions, including Head Cadre instructor for the Individual Readiness Training for Bosnia rotations and Platoon Sergeant in charge of 15 soldiers and equipment valued at more than $3 million. Chuck conducted Recruiting Duty and eventually retired from the Army as a Recruiting Station Commander overseeing six recruiters.
Chuck received many awards, badges and ribbons, including: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), South West Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Army Recruiter Badge – gold with 3 Sapphire Achievement Stars and Recruiter of Excellence Award from the Chief of Staff of the US Army. He also achieved the Recruiter Ring and the Glenn E. Morrell Medallion.
In addition to helping lead Anglers of Honor, Chuck serves on the board of the River Deep Foundation to assist with vet-to-vet mentoring and to plan and coordinate activities for hundreds of wounded vets and other individuals with severe mental and physical injuries.