Rear Adm. Darryl “D-Day” Walker enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1985 as an Air Traffic Controller. He received his commission in the United States Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate School and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and is a U.S. Naval War College graduate.
Walker’s operational tours include VS-32 deployed onboard USS America (CV 66) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65); executive officer and commander of VAQ-139 deployed onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76); and deputy commodore and commodore of the Electronic Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet, flying the EA-18G Growler. Walker accumulated over 3900 flight hours and 696 carrier-arrested landings.
His shore tours include S-3B NATOPS Evaluator, Sea Control Wing Atlantic; Viking Community Assignments Officer, Naval Personnel Command; Deputy Director, PERS-43; NAE Diversity Director, Naval Air Forces; Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, Newport, RI; chief of staff to the Chief Information Officer, Secretary of Defense; executive assistant to the 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; executive assistant to the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations; and Deputy Director of Operations (J-3), U.S. Cyber Command.
Walker reported as commander, Combined Joint Task Force, Cyber, Tenth Fleet in June 2022.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), USAF Commendation Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
Last Updated: 29 June 2022