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SUBJ/PASSING OF MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE NAVY ROBERT J. WALKER, USN
RMKS/1. It is with heartfelt sadness that I report the passing of Master
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Robert J. Walker, USN
(RET) on 15 February 2016. MCPON Walker enlisted in the United States Navy
in 1948 when he was 19 years of age. Following graduation from Recruit
Training Command, he attended Radarman "A"
school in Boston, Massachusetts and was assigned to the USS MCKEAN (DD 74).
2. Highlights of his 31 years of distinguished honorable service include the
a. In 1975 he was appointed as the third Master Chief Petty Officer of
b. He infused leadership training throughout the ranks and implemented
the mandatory Petty Officer indoctrination course for all new E-4's.
c. In 1977 he was widely credited with shaping the Navy Senior Enlisted
force by re-shaping the top tier Fleet, Force, and Command Master Chief
program, and made a big push to create the Enlisted Surface Warfare
3. Following his retirement in 1979, he worked in the private sector,
working with the Non-Commissioned Officers Association, moving up the ranks
to President. He later moved to work for the Jonathon Corporation, a ship
repair and electronics business in Norfolk, VA.
4. MCPON Walker is survived by his wife Fran and five children. He was an
inspiring leader and an exceptional shipmate who selflessly served his nation
with honor, courage, and commitment. He will be sincerely missed by his
community and the Navy family.
5. Released by Vice Admiral R. L. Thomas, Director, Navy Staff//