DAVID P. WALT
native of Dallas, Texas, Commander 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.
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, Commander 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,
Commander 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.
2004, Commander 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. Commander 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, Commander 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, Commander 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. Commander 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).
Commander Walt is a 2015 graduate of the
National War College and 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, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal along with
various other unit and campaign awards.