Rear Adm. Darryl “D-Day” Walker enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1985, as an Air Traffic Controller. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics. He received his commission in the United States Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1992. Walker is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.
His operational tours include VS-27 in the S-3B Viking, VS-32 deployed onboard USS America (CV 66) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and executive officer and subsequent command of VAQ-139 deployed onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Walker also served as the Deputy Commodore and Commodore of the Electronic Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet flying the EA-18G Growler.
Ashore tours include S-3B NATOPS Evaluator at Commander, Sea Control Wing Atlantic, Viking Community Assignments Officer at Commander, Naval Personnel Command, Deputy Director, to PERS-43, NAE Diversity Director to Commander, Naval Air Forces, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, RI, the Chief of Staff to the Chief Information Officer and subsequently the Executive Assistant to General Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Most recently, he served the duties of Executive Assistant to the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday. Walker’s first flag officer assignment is Deputy Director of Operations, J3, for U.S. Cyber Command.
Walker has accumulated over 3900 hours and 696 carrier-arrested landings.
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.