Military Bios

Rear Admiral Patrick M. Walsh:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Programming Division (N80) Director, Navy Quadrennial Defense Review
Rear Adm. Walsh graduated with honors from Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas, Texas, and was the second student in the sixty-year history of the school to receive both the Distinguished Graduate and Distinguished Alumnus awards. He received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
After designation as a Naval Aviator, Rear Adm. Walsh reported to Lemoore, Calif., for the first of six aviation career assignments. He began operational flying with the "Golden Dragons" of Attack Squadron One Nine Two, deployed to the Indian Ocean in USS America (CV 66), earned a Master of Arts degree, and was later selected by Commander, Light Attack Wing Pacific, the Junior Officer/Tailhook Pilot of the Year. He then reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Five (VX-5) as an Operational Test Director until selection to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, “Blue Angels,” where he flew the Left Wingman and Slot Pilot positions. When he returned to the fleet, Rear Adm. Walsh joined the "Golden Warriors" of Strike-Fighter Squadron Eight Seven as the Operations Officer and flew combat missions in support of Operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Rear Adm. Walsh commanded the “Gunslingers” of Strike-Fighter Squadron One Zero Five for missions in support of Operations Southern Watch and Deny Flight from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). His squadron received the Commander, Naval Air Forces, Battle Efficiency Award for two consecutive years. In his final flying assignment, Rear Adm. Walsh commanded Carrier Air Wing One for deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Most recently, he commanded Carrier Group Seven and the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group and deployed to the western Pacific Ocean.
Rear Adm. Walsh was a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as a White House Fellow. He chaired the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy, served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel, and reported to the Joint Staff for his first flag assignment as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, (J-5). He attended graduate studies in the International Relations curriculum at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, as part of the Admiral Arthur S. Moreau Scholarship Program. Rear Adm. Walsh graduated first in his class and received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree, entered the Doctorate Program with distinction and subsequently received his Ph.D. degree
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal with Combat V, Strike/Flight Medal (5), Navy Commendation Medal (3) with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Service Badge, and various service medals.
Updated: 24 February 2005


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