David P. Walt
Captain, United States Navy
A native of Dallas, Texas, Captain David Walt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Captain Walt’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour as a Surface Warfare Officer in USS YORKTOWN (CG 48). While serving in YORKTOWN, he deployed with NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic where he participated in Operation SHARP GUARD enforcing United Nations sanctions against Serbia-Montenegro. In 1996, Captain Walt was selected for lateral transfer and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1998. He reported for duty in the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose (LAMPS) Mk III Community flying the SH-60B SEAHAWK with the “Vipers” of HSL-48. During this tour, Captain Walt deployed in USS TAYLOR (FFG 50) and USS McINERNEY (FFG 8) conducting Maritime Security Operations in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and JIATF South Counter-Narcotics operations.
In 2004, Captain Walt reported to the “Proud Warriors” of HSL-42. As Officer-in-Charge of Detachment TEN, he deployed to the SOUTHCOM AOR in USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in support of UNITAS and PANAMAX exercises. Returning from deployment, he served as Squadron Maintenance Officer and was recognized as Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet “Officer of the Year” for 2006. Captain Walt commanded the “Warlords” of HSL-51 from June 2011 to September 2012 during which time HSL-51 earned the 2012 Battle Efficiency Award.
Ashore, Captain Walt participated in the Washington DC Intern Program completing assignments with the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), the Joint Chiefs of Staff Logistics Directorate (J4), and the Chief of Naval Operations’ Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N78). During this tour he also served as a White House Social Aide for President George W. Bush. Prior to command, Captain Walt served in U.S. European Command’s J5 Strategy, Policy, and Assessments Directorate (EUCOM J5) as a Strategy Action Officer responsible for strategy formulation and staff direction of military/political policy and planning. Captain Walt’s most recent assignment was to the Navy staff where he represented Navy equities throughout the Defense Department’s 2013 Strategic Choices and Management Review and served as Executive Assistant to the Director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Assessment Division (OPNAV N81 and N00X).
Captain Walt assumed the duties as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific in January 2017.
A 2015 graduate of the National War College, Captain Walt also holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from George Washington University. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal along with various other unit and campaign awards.