MG William J Walker, Comanding General, District of Columbia National Guard (Photo by DCNG)
General Walker is the Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard and is responsible for the strategic leadership, readiness and employment of all District of Columbia Army and Air National Guard units. Prior senior leadership assignments include Commander, Joint Task Force-District of Columbia, 58th Presidential Inauguration; Commander, Land Component Command; Commander, Mobilization Augmentation Command; Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Army National Guard; Chief, Theater Observation Detachment Afghanistan and Senior Liaison to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan for the Center for Army Lessons Learned; Vice J-2, National Guard Bureau, and Commander, Brigade Joint Task Force - Jamaica.
General Walker graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts, Chicago State University with a Master of Science, the National Intelligence University with a Master of Science and American University with a Master of Arts. He completed the National and International Security Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University; the National Security Studies Program at George Washington University; the Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leader's Program at the Naval Post Graduate School and the Seminar XXI International Relations Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Inter-American Defense War College, the Joint Task Force Commander's Training Course, the Joint and Combined War-fighting School, the Dual Status Commander's Course, and the Force Integration Course for Senior Leaders.
General Walker's awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Department of State Meritorious Honor Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass, M device and numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with the numeral 2, NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award and Army Staff Identification Badge.
General Walker is the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of the Young Marines, a military affiliated service organization for boys and girls ages eight through high school that provides developmental programs which encourages its 10,000 members into becoming responsible citizens who enjoy a drug-free lifestyle. In 2014, he retired from civilian federal service as a career special agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Promoted to the Senior Executive Service rank in 2003 and appointed a Senior National Intelligence Service Officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2009, his final assignment was Deputy Assistant Administrator in Charge, Office of Strategic Warning, DEA Intelligence Division.