She was born September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, but considers Needham, Massachusetts to be her hometown. She has earned a B.S., Physical Science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1987 and a M.S., Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1995. Williams made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf in support of Desert Shield and Operation Provide Comfort. In September 1992 she was the Officer-in-Charge of an H-46 detachment sent to Miami, Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief Operations onboard USS Sylvania. As a member of the Expedition-14 crew Suni Williams established a then-world record for females with four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes of EVA. During her increment in space, Suni Williams broke the existing record by Shannon Lucid, setting a new record for females of 195 days in space.