Col David Walker

Col David Walker

Dates of Service: May 1989 - Sep 2014
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  • 2d Lt May 89
  • 1st Lt May 91
  • Capt May 93
  • Maj Sep 00
  • Lt Col Oct 05
  • Col Sep 10
Commissioning Source:  USAFA, May 1989

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Accomplished 25 plus year record of leading large aviation and operational planning organizations with a proven ability to solve diverse problems under intense time, budgetary and consequence pressures. A respected leader and pilot with an award winning record of building highly motivated and innovative teams in the airpower and homeland security arena. N/A

Military Experiences

Aug 2013 - Aug 2014
Command Inspector General
Directed a formal inspection program to improve efficiency and effectiveness of over 20 organizations, more than 30,000 employees and $145 Billion in assets based throughout three countries.
Jul 2011 - Jul 2013
31 OG
Group Commander
Led a USAF overseas combat organization with over 500 personnel, four squadrons and an annual operating budget over 70 million dollars. Directed 24/7 operations with 52 F-16 aircraft and an Air Control Squadron to achieve US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization objectives. Developed revolutionary training methodology for 78 F-16 pilots raising mission readiness levels from 39 to 100% despite simultaneously implementing forced 21% budget reductions. Maintained qualification as an F-16CM Instructor and Evaluator Pilot.
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Air War College
Resident Student
Full time student. Earned Master of Strategic Studies
Jul 2007 - Jul 2010
Chief Future Air Operations
Air Branch Chief for J35 Future Operations. Led team of seven elite military and civilian operators conducting crisis action planning for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities to integrate airpower into contingency operations. Lead DOD planner for California Wildfires, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike as well as the military preparedness for the H1N1 flu pandemic. Stood from the ground up a Joint Reconnaissance Center integrating intelligence professionals and seasoned operators to increase the Command’s Intelligence Surveillance an Reconnaissance capabilities by 100%.


(1 year, 7 months)
Apr 2012 - May 2012
Building Partner Capacity deployment for USAFE. Deployed two fighter squadrons and 524 personnel from Italy to Bulgaria for massive engagement exercise with Bulgarian Air Force.
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Operational Planner supporting USCENTCOM Forward
Sep 2006 - Jan 2007
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Commander, 524 FS. Flew F-16 combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
Nov 2005 - Dec 2005
United Arab Emirates
Iron Falcon at the UAE Air Warfare Center. Flew F-16

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools

Dec 2011

DOD Nuclear Fundamentals Course

Jun 2011

Operations Group Commander Course

Apr 1995 - Feb 2006

Aug 1999 - Oct 1999

F-16 Instructor Course



Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Personal Information

Invited by
College football and aviation