Robert M. Walker
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Acting United States Secretary of the Army
In office
December 2, 1997 – July 1, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJoe R. Reeder
Succeeded byBernard D. Rostker
United States Under Secretary of the Army
In office
November 13, 1997 – October 15, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJoe R. Reeder
Succeeded byBernard D. Rostker
Personal details
Born
Robert Michael Walker

(1948-09-14) September 14, 1948 (age 73)
Martin, Tennessee, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
(
Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg
Army National Guard)
Years of service1969–1975
UnitTennessee Army National Guard

Robert Michael "Mike" Walker[1][2][3] (born September 14, 1948)[4] is the former United States Under Secretary of the Army (1997-1998).

Biography

Walker was born in Martin, Tennessee, in 1948. He attended Martin High School until 1965 and graduated from DeKalb County High School in Smithville, Tennessee in May 1966. Walker then attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville until January 1969, but did not earn a degree. He also studied at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969.[1][2][3] From 1969-76, Walker worked as a staff assistant to Rep. Joe L. Evins (DTenn. 4).

Walker joined the staff of Senator Jim Sasser (DTenn.) in 1977. He also served as an enlisted soldier in the Tennessee Army National Guard and District of Columbia Army National Guard in the 1970s.

From 1978-93, Walker served as a professional staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and staff director of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction.

In 1993, President of the United States Bill Clinton named Walker Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Logistics and Environment) and Walker held this office 1993-97.

In 1997, President Clinton nominated Walker as United States Under Secretary of the Army, and he subsequently held this office from November 13, 1997 through October 15, 1998. He was Acting United States Secretary of the Army from January 2, 1998 through July 2, 1998.

In 1998-1999, he was Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He then served as Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, United States Department of Veterans Affairs from December 1999 until September 2000, at which point he was appointed as the first Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, taking up his duties on September 2000.

In February 2001, Walker joined Plexus Scientific Corporation, serving as a senior vice president and later as chairman.[5][6][7]

Walker has lectured at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.[7][8]

Walker married Romy Pettersen.[1][2][3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 103d Congress: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate". Vol. 103, no. 873. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1994. pp. 302–304. ISBN 978-0-16-046386-0.
  2. ^ a b c "Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 105th Congress: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate". Vol. 105, no. 371. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1998. pp. 682–685. ISBN 978-0-16-056255-6.
  3. ^ a b c "Nominations of Robert M. (Mike) Walker and Kenneth Prewitt: Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, Second Session". Vol. 105, no. 720. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1998. pp. 35–39. ISBN 978-0-16-057793-2. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  4. ^ "Department of Defense appropriations for 1995 : Hearings before a subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, second session". 1994.
  5. ^ "Comark Building Systems Names Robert Walker to Board of Directors and Michael Duffy as Vice President of Federal Government Services" (Press release). Carlyle Investment Management L.L.C. April 24, 2006. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  6. ^ Kanowitz, Stephanie (January 29, 2007). "Plexus names new president, chairman of the board". FCW. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  7. ^ a b "Robert M. (Mike) Walker" (PDF). U.S. Department of Homeland Security. February 15, 2011. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  8. ^ "CHDS Faculty/Experts". Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. September 2, 2011. p. 43. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
Government offices Preceded byJoe R. Reeder United States Under Secretary of the Army November 13, 1997 – October 15, 1998 Succeeded byBernard D. Rostker Preceded byTogo Dennis West Jr. Acting United States Secretary of the Army December 2, 1997 – July 1, 1998 Succeeded byLouis Caldera