MMWCS(SS) MELVIN O. WALKER CHIEF OF THE BOAT PCU WASHINGTON (SSN 787)
Senior Chief Walker was born in Chicago, IL and is a 1995 graduate of Victor Valley High School, Victorville, CA. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1995, attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL and continued his training at Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Torpedoman “A” school in Groton, CT.
In August 1996, Senior Chief Walker reported onboard USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727) in Bangor, WA. During his assignment, he completed Submarine Warfare qualifications, advanced to Petty Officer Second Class, and completed ten strategic deterrence patrols.
In September 2001, he was assigned to Naval Weapons Station Detachment Seal Beach in San Diego, CA as the Quality Assurance Chief Inspector where he was advanced to Petty Officer First Class.
In September 2004, he graduated Basic Vertical Launching System Operator training at Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT and reported onboard USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN 759) in San Diego, CA. There he completed one deployment to the Western Pacific and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In September 2006, he transferred to USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) in Norfolk, VA as the Torpedo Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. There he completed two Western Pacific deployments and a change of homeport to San Diego, CA.
In January 2009, he was assigned to Commander Submarine Squadron Eight in Norfolk, VA as the Torpedo Representative, where he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Upon decommissioning of Submarine Squadron Eight, Senior Chief relieved as the same position in Squadron Six. In January 2012, he reported onboard USS BOISE (SSN 764) in Norfolk, VA as the Torpedo Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and Combat Systems Department Enlisted Advisor. He completed one Northern Atlantic deployment and one Central Command deployment.
In March 2015, Senior Chief Walker reported to Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic as a member of the Tactical Readiness Team.
Senior Chief Walker is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Leadership School in Newport, RI. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal (six awards), and various unit awards.