Walter Thompson was born in Chicago, Illinois where he lived until graduation from high school. Shortly thereafter, Walter had a burning desire to see the world, go to college, and be compensated for both. This led him to join the United States Navy where he spent over 22 years of honorable service. During his years of service, he served onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) stationed in San Diego, CA from 1984 to 1988. Walter then transferred to Service School Command, Great Lakes, Illinois where he served as Administrative Assistant from 1988 – 1993.
During Walter's first tour onboard an Aircraft Carrier Walter realized that in order to continue in his career in the Navy, all the subsequent sea tours would have to be onboard large ships because he couldn’t stomach the heavy rolls and pitches of small ships (basically Walter had no sea legs). Therefore, he transferred to the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) stationed out of Bremerton, Washington from 1993 – 1996. After spending nearly three years on board NIMITZ, two Western Pacific Deployments, and one around the world tour, Walter transferred back to Great Lakes, Illinois as an Administrative Director at Personnel Support Activity Detachment from 1996 - 2001. This was Walter Thompson's most rewarding tour of duty, He was fortunate enough to be initiated into one of the finest associations in the world, the Chief Petty Officer Association. After his initiation, Walter transferred abroad to COMPSRON THREE located in Guam as the Command Chief onboard the Maritime Prepositioning Ship 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS, USNS from 2001 – 2002.
During the tour on board 1st LT JACK LUMMUS, Walter made the most difficult decision of his life, to retire from the Navy. However, he needed to find some way to get back to Great Lakes, Illinois, where he could prepare for the transition into the civilian sector and at the same time complete a college degree. Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois provided that opportunity for him. It was the quarterdeck of the Navy and a great place to mold young minds into highly motivated Sailors. Walter Thompson served at Recruit Training Command from 2002 – 2006 where he retired after 22 years of honorable service.
After his service in the Navy, Walter was hired as the Transportation Supervisor for Iron Mountain (IM), a company that specializes in information management services. In September 2007, he terminated employment with IM and joined the great group of Educators at Rickover Naval Academy and have enjoyed being part of a great team/family ever since. Additionally, Walter graduated from Southern Illinois University, in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development. In 2014, he completed a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University.
Walter is married and has a beautiful daughter who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Duke University and a Law Degree from Loyola University. Walter is very proud of her as she is currently a practicing attorney in the City of Chicago. Walter enjoys reading, visiting historical sites, hitting the trails on his bike and spending time with his family.
|Classes Taught by Chief Thompson|
|Naval Science I|