Young Alumni/ae Award – Reunion 2006

Major Allen Walker comes by his professional interests honestly—he was an Army brat.  His father’s teaching post at West Point meant that the family did not move quite as often as many military families, but Allen started high school in Belgium before completing his secondary education at West Point.  Appreciation of the small high schools he attended whetted his interest in Drew, and the campus’s beauty clinched his choice.

 

Allen attended Drew on an ROTC Scholarship, which involved attending the Seton Hall ROTC program two days a week throughout his four years in The Forest.  For the first two years he was the only Drew ROTC student.  He honed his logistical ability by achieving fame—or notoriety—as one of the enterprising students who moved all the chairs in the Commons to the building’s roof one memorable night.  A computer science major, Allen worked at the Computer Aide Station for most of his Drew career.

 

Immediately following graduation, Allen was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery, and transferred to the Signal Corps a year later.  In 2000, after his promotion to Captain, he completed the Officer Advanced Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  He then became battalion communications officer with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.  His unit deployed to Ghana to teach communications to the Ghanaian Army, returning early in 2001.  After 9/11, his battalion deployed to Afghanistan, where Allen taught communications to the newly formed Afghan National Army and supported operations against the Taliban.

 

Returning home, he was assigned to the 112th Signal Battalion (Airborne), which supports all Army special operations.  As Company Commander, he was responsible for a company divided among 10 different locations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar.  Allen is now stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he is Headquarters Company Commander and also Assistant Operations Officer.  He is assigned to the United States Army Systems Performance Office, which tests the latest communications equipment for the Army.  He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his sister, who recently graduated from the College of William and Mary.

 

Allen has a solid record of achievement in the Army, beginning with his graduation in the top ten percent of his Seton Hall ROTC group.  He was salutatorian for his class in the Officer Advanced Course.  He has received the Major General Newman Award for Leadership, the Army Achievement Award, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star.  Recommendations for these awards, and his recent promotion to Major, indicate that Allen is an outstanding officer.