Walker was born in Martin, Tennessee, in 1948. He attended the University of Tennessee. From 1969-1976, he worked as a staff assistant to Rep. Joe L. Evins (D–Tenn. 4).
From 1978-1993, 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 1993-1997. 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.
Currently, Walker lectures at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Joe R. Reeder
|United States Under Secretary of the Army
November 13, 1997 – October 15, 1998
Bernard D. Rostker
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