|Born||December 10, 1986 (age 34)|
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/|| United States Air Force|
Air Force Reserve
|Years of service||2010–present|
|Unit||35th Operations Group, 35th Fighter Wing, 352d Special Operations Wing|
Hila Levy-Williams[note 1] (born December 10, 1986) is a Puerto Rican intelligence officer serving in the United States Air Force Reserve. Levy is responsible for providing intelligence support for Joint Special Operations Air Component-Europe, managing 35 intelligence professionals supporting MC-130J Commando II and CV-22B Osprey flight operations. She was honored by the Air Reserve Personnel Center as the HQ RIO top Individual Reservists of 2018. Levy is the first Puerto Rican to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.
Early life and education
Levy was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican father and an Israeli mother. She received both her primary and secondary education in the city of her birth. In 2004, Levy graduated from Saint John's School. Levy, who joined the Puerto Rico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol in 2000, reached the rank of Cadet Colonel and was the CAP's National Cadet of the Year in 2004. According to her citation, she earned the award for her outstanding academic performance, strong leadership skills, well-rounded extracurricular activities, and positive community involvement. Levy has stated that her experiences in the Civil Air Patrol served as an influential factor on her decision to apply for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.
Levy received an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs in Colorado. As a Cadet 1st Class and member of Squadron 9, she was among 28 cadets named Dean's Aces and who were honored for their academic achievements in the Fall semester of 2005 at the academy. Levy, who earned a 4.0 grade point average that semester, was one of five cadets that year to be named an Ace three times. On May 28, 2008, Levy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with 3 foreign language minors: Arabic, French and Spanish. She finished as the top graduate, earning the Outstanding Cadet in the Order of Graduation Award and a spot on the academy's 100-year Honor Roll. She received her Second Lieutenant's commission in the United States Air Force and awards from the Argentine Air Force and the Chilean Air Force for graduating first in her class during the US Air Force Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony.
In 2007, Levy became the first Puerto Rican and the 35th Academy cadet to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. She was awarded the scholarship for the District 13 of Colorado. The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 under the terms and conditions of the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British born African colonial pioneer.
Levy was planning on using the scholarship to obtain two master's degrees of one year each, the first a Master's of Science in global health science and the second a Master's of Science in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Early in her first year at Oxford, she transferred to the History Faculty, where she obtained a Master of Studies in historical research in 2009 under military historian Dr. Robert Johnson, focusing on the formation of national armies in former French Equatorial Africa. Levy then obtained a Master of Science in biology at Oxford, focusing on the population genetics of humans in southern Africa (under Dr. Cristian Capelli) and of penguins in the South Atlantic (under Dr. Tom Hart of the Institute of Zoology in London). Levy started her follow-on assignment in September 2010.
Levy joined two other Rhodes Scholarship winners from the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy making it the second consecutive year that the military academies claimed three of only 32 recipients in the United States.
Levy was promoted to First Lieutenant in May 2010. Levy reached the rank of Major during her military career. She is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to Chief, Wing Intelligence at 352d Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. According to her biography on page 17 of the Department of the Air Force; Women's Air and Space symposium of March 2021, "Maj Levy is responsible for providing intelligence support for Joint Special Operations Air Component-Europe, managing 35 intelligence professionals supporting MC-130J Commando II and CV-22B Osprey flight operations. She is currently a student at Air University’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies pursuing a Master of Philosophy degree in Military Strategy, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, and is the first Puerto Rican Rhodes Scholar."
In 2018, Levy was in the Air Force Reserves and among those who were honored by the Air Reserve Personnel Center as the HQ RIO top Individual Reservists. According to the Air Reserve Personnel Center: "Field Grade Officer of the Year: Major Hila Levy, Chief of Wing Intelligence, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, RAF Mildenhall"
Levy was honored with a plaque that has her name, squadron name and graduation date, which has been placed in the ballroom balcony of the Academy's hall of honor. The plaque recognizes Levy as the top former CAP cadet in the Class of 2008.
Military and USAFA awards
Among the Military and USAFA awards which Captain Hila Levy earned as a Cadet in the United States Air Force Academy are the following:
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Air Force Training Ribbon
USAFA Badges (Worn only on cadet's uniform)
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- List of Puerto Rican military personnel
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- Department of the Air Force; Women's Air and Space symposium of March 2021
- "HQ RIO announces top Individual Reservists of 2018". Air Reserve Personnel Center. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
- Hila Levy's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
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