Lieutenant Commander Desmond K. Walker, U.S. Navy
LCDR Desmond Walker is from Hollandale, Mississippi, and graduated from Norfolk State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology. He also earned a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2012 and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I from Naval War College in 2015 through off-duty educational opportunities.
LCDR Walker currently serves on the personal staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N00Z) as his Navy Liaison Officer to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group, an active duty strategic think tank. Previously, he served on CNO’s staff as the Section/Acting Branch Head for Amphibious Warfare In-Service Readiness (OPNAV N95). Responsibilities included oversight of budget submissions, requirements development, and acquisition of ships in support of Expeditionary Warfare and USMC lift.
A nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer, LCDR Walker served on 3 CVNs, 1 LHD and 1 DDG and worked daily to advance the mission and spirit of Surface Warfare in the execution of his duties as a division officer and department head. His thoughts on the Surface Warfare Officer community have been published in Proceedings Today online magazine, the flagship publication of the U.S. Naval Institute.
From 1999 to 2007, LCDR Walker worked directly with children from 7 to 17 as a Youth Leader at the Herald of His Coming Church of God in Christ in Norfolk, Va. Positions included Sunday school teacher, bible study teacher, community outreach organizer and leader, adjutant to the pastor, choir director and a minister on the clerical staff. In 2017, he received the National Naval Officers Association’s (NNOA) Capt. Sallee P. Kafer Mentoring Award for several years of mentoring high school and college students that have interests in serving in the military, along with midshipmen and junior officers currently serving across the Navy and Marine Corps. In 2018, he received NNOA’s Dorie Miller Award for mentorship and advocacy of African American Surface Nuclear Officers and sustained mentorship of Midshipmen at Norfolk State University’s NROTC.
CAPTAIN Wesley J. Joshway, USN
N832 Aviation Readiness Branch Head
Captain Wesley Joshway grew up in East Saint Louis, IL (Class of 1982) and enlisted in the United States Navy in April 1982 as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structures). After serving in HSL-36 (83-86) and HS-1 (86-89), he attended NDI C School in Chanute AFB, IL (Oct 89 to Mar 90) and was assigned to USS Dwight D Eisenhower (90-92), AIMD Oceana, VA (92-93), and NAMTRAGRUDET Cecil Field, FL (93-94) as a NDI/Composite Technician/Instructor.
He served several commands from E-1 to E-6 before graduating from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies via the Enlisted Commissioning Program. After graduating, Joshway was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy and designated an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer May 1995.
In September 1995, Joshway reported to his first assignment with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in Mayport, Florida, where he served as the General Services (IM-5), Assistant Avionics and Armament (Asst. IM-3), and Avionics and Armament (IM-3) Officer and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
In July 1998, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he studied Material Logistics Support and received his Masters of Science degree in Management from Troy State University in December 2001. In January 2000, Joshway reported to Norfolk, Virginia as the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Ground Support Equipment (900 Division) and Avionics Officer (600 Division).
In November 2001, Joshway transferred to Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer (AMO) and Maintenance and Material Control Officer (MMCO) and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
In January 2004, he transferred to Patuxent River, MD where he was assigned to Program Management Activity 208 (PMA-208), serving as Target Auxiliary and Augmentation Systems Integrated Product Team Lead and Fleet Liaison Officer responsible for the Non-Combat Expenditure Allocations (NCEA) for all super/subsonic and towed aerial targets utilized by both domestic and foreign military activities.
In January 2007, he reported for duty aboard USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) in Norfolk, VA as the assistant AIMD Officer and Maintenance Material Control Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
In May 2008, he reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic in Norfolk, VA as Maintenance Officer responsible for the largest aircraft wing in the Navy responsible for manning, training and equipping the SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60S, and the MH-53E in Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville, FL, Bahrain, Naples, Italy, and Pohang, Korea.
In June 2010, Joshway reported for duty aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in Everett, WA as the AIMD officer. During this tour, he completed two a highly successful eight-month deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Oman and Northern Arabian Gulf.
In September 2012, he reported to Aircraft Command Control and Logistics Wing in Point Mugu, CA as Maintenance Officer responsible for the only bi-coastal aircraft wing in the Navy responsible for manning, training, and equipping the C-2, E-2C, and the E-2D located in Point Mugu, CA, Norfolk, VA, and Atsugi, Japan.
In September 2014, he reported to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, FL as the Production Officer where he was responsible for the depot overhaul of the P-3, T-44, T-34, T-6, F/A-18 A-D, F/A-18 E-G, MH-60R, HH-60G, VH-60, and VH-3.
Captain Joshway reported to at Pentagon in Washington, DC in October 2016, as the Aviation Readiness Branch Head (N832) for Chief of Naval Operations where he is responsible for establishing overall policy for aviation program requirements including strike programs, Naval Air Reserves mobilization planning, support facilities, aviation acquisition, budget development, and operational matters involving interagency and civil air support.
He has received numerous awards and accolades; and has been married for 32 years!