Lieutenant Colonel Joseph W. Walker is a native of Fremont, California. In 2003, he earned a Bachelors of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University, in California and commissioned into the United States Army on 14 June 2003 through the Santa Clara University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
LTC Walker’s military assignments include Platoon Leader, 1-30 Infantry and 3-1 Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Benning, GA; Operations Officer, 14th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Benning, GA; Bravo Company Commander, 14th Combat Support Hospital, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper, Iraq; Captain's Career Course Small Group Leader at the AMEDD Center & School, Joint Base San Antonio, TX; Chief of Medical Operations and Plans, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Support Operations Officer, 261 Multi-functional Medical Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; Chief of Plans, 8A Army Surgeon Directorate, Yongsan, Korea; Executive Officer and Senior OC/T for the 4-393 Medical Training Task Force, Fort Hood, TX; Chief of Operations, Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Deputy Surgeon, Security Force Assistance Command (SFAC), Fort Bragg, NC; and HHC (P) Commander, Security Force Assistance Command (SFAC), Fort Bragg, NC. LTC Walker has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
LTC Walker is also a graduate of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Basic Course, and AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Fort Sam Houston, TX; the Army Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, KS; the Joint Medical Planner’s Course (JMPC), Bethesda, MD; the Support Operations (SPO) Course Phase II; the Cadre Training Course; and the Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC). He also holds a Masters of Arts in Human Resources Management from Webster University.
LTC Walker’s awards and decorations include the two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. LTC Walker has been awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations and one Army Superior Unit Award, and he proudly wears the Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge.