Skip to comments.Single mother of six becomes first master gunnery sergeant in her MOS
Posted on 02/24/2006 3:32:51 PM PST by SandRat
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2006) -- Most Marines strive to be the best at what they do, but only a select few can claim they were the "first" in history to accomplish something. Like Samuel Nicholas who became the first Marine officer in 1775, Opha Mae Johnson who became the first female Marine in 1918 or Carol A. Mutter who became the first female major general in 1994.
Through hard work and dedication, Kimberly D. Walker joined these distinguished Marines in February when she became the first female master gunnery sergeant to serve as a combat service support chief.
Since joining the Marine Corps in 1984, Walker has worked her way through the ranks all the while not limiting herself to just her career. Walker is the proud mother of six daughters ranging in age from seven to 19.
Although at times her career has taken her far from her children they have never been far from her mind.
"My girls mean the world to me," said Walker. "I know I've missed a lot of birthdays, while I was away on deployments, but thoughts of them always got me through."
The Porterville, Calif., native currently works as the G-3 chief for 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Building 2, and also as a full time mother.
"It goes without saying that having six daughters involves a lot of work, but with the values I've instilled in them over the years, they're very good at taking care of themselves if I can't be there," Walker said, with a proud smile.
Although Walker has instilled Marine Corps values in her children over the years, she admits that incorporating Godly values as well is what has helped make her children who they are today.
"They are all hard workers who look out for each other and don't quit," said Walker. "I've always been big on integrity and now they are too."
Some may think that moving six kids around the globe several times throughout their childhood would weaken a family's spirit, but it seems to have brought the Walker family closer together.
"All my girls are very close, we're definitely a close knit family," Walker added. "[Throughout] the years they've grown to quickly adapt to a new environment, and they have never had problems making friends."
While her daughters, Dawn, 19, Lindsey, 16, Sidney, 16, Jasmine, 13, Janel, 9, and Gabrielle, 7, all love spending time together playing board games or cooking, they are all individuals in their own right.
Dawn, who was a cross-country runner in high school, now attends Eastern Carolina University as a sophomore. Sydney has followed in her sister's footsteps and runs cross-country, while Jasmine dedicates her after school activities to track and field, specializing in the shot put. Gabrielle, the youngest, wants to start taking piano lessons, while her sister, Janel, has fun gardening with her mom in the backyard.
Walker has juggled her roles of both mom and G-3 chief for two years now. While she has six of her biggest fans cheering her on at home, she picked up a few protégés in the workplace as well.
One of them had nothing but good things to say about her Marine Corps mentor.
"It's been a good experience working with Master Gunnery Sgt. Walker," said Lance Cpl. Kellie M. Hubbard of Spencer, Tenn., a G-3 administration clerk. "She is definitely a good role model of how your Marine Corps career is supposed to be."
While Walker has loved her time spent in the Marine Corps, she is planning on retiring after three more years of service, according to Walker.
"I want to get out and spread the wealth to give others the chance to get promoted up the ranks," Walker added. Id also like to spend more time with my kids.
Although her plans on where to retire are still up in the air, she does not plan on returning to her home state of California, because the cost of living is too high, according to Walker.
Walker's final thoughts on being promoted and receiving the recognition of the first female of her rank in her MOS were a collaboration or honored and proud feelings.
"It's definitely a great feeling knowing I'm the first female [master gunnery sergeant] in my field," said Walker. "But I'm just proud to have made it to master gunnery sergeant and to be where I am in the Marine Corps. That's an achievement in itself."
Marine, Mom, Master Gunny Sergeant! What a combination!
This is cool! Nice picture!
And all daughters! What a role model.
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She really has it very hard, and has done very well.
America is very fortunate to have people like this.
That daughter on the right, in the white, what a beauty.
Okay, I know I'm going to get flamed big time for asking an unPC question, but why is there no mention of a father to the 6 daughters? Is he deceased? Should the father not receive some credit?
No mention in the story. For all we know she's a widow.
Lots of women are single with kids, this one is doing good. At least these girls are striving for college, studying and trying to be good citizens. I was a single mom, got an engineering and master's degree all the while my ex was living with his 'girlfriend' and not sending child support. And I wasn't on welfare. Save your 'where's the dad' for stories of truly deadbeat parents.
Same thought I had...the ol' Single Parent trick? (defies biological law)
Well, divorced mother with 6 kids is quite different than the PC-version of "single mother of 6 kids", in simple terms.
The coined PC-phrases of the Liberals are used to disguise the facts, such as "woman's right to choose" being the politically correct version of "abortion" (abortion sounds too much like killing a baby).
Congratulations to the lady, but WHO is taking care of her daughters while she is deployed?
At first I thought it was going to say that her oldest daughter was minding the home fires, but she is away at college.
Unless I missed it, it didn't sound like she was deployed. I was interested to learn, that only a small percentage of military were deployed. Something along the lines of less than 1% off all military. Maybe Sandrat has that figure handy. I could be wrong.
I guess she was deployed. My error.
I was wondering where Pops was too. Also, whose raising the kids while she is away?
A Master Gunny in logistics? I betcha that household runs like a machine.
Nope I don't have that figure handy unfortunately. I do remember the SECDEF briefing it at a press conference at or was it Gen Pace???, at the PEntagon though.
It would be kind of interesting to know if there was a Dad who helped her along or if she did this all alone or if there was one dad or 6.
Just from what my soldier and her group tried to figure, for calculations ease, about 150,000 are deployed in Iraq at any given time, many are on their 2nd or third rotation. A about 3 million military. The percentage is pretty low, just by that ball park guesstimate. Add in a factor for Afghanstan.
This is *awesome*! Never say that AfricanAmericans can't do nothing!
If there was no dad, she had to have had some family support. The article says, the past two years. Nevertheless, she's raising a bunch of great kids.
You don't. Can't a positive article about this woman be appreciated?
It's an assumption, there are only 6 daughters, you assume something not mentioned at all. Why do people here always assume the worst? The eldest is in college. The other girl holding the baby could be a family friend or relative. It might be an all girl photo, for family history. I have 3 daughters, and we've done family photos with just the female side of the relations.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2006) -- Master Gunnery Sgt. Kimberly D. Walker, G-3 embarking chief, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stands with her daughters and her niece after her current rank promotion Feb. 1. Her promotion to master gunnery sergeant made her the first of her rank in her military occupational specialty.
Well, duh, I can read....
It's tough to be human.
Looks like a minimum $120K in weddings in your future Gunny. Where's Dad?
He was asking, "why not the mention of a father." The omission implies fathering is incidental and irrelevant -- which is true enough in the minds of the thoughtmakers of our day, but not in Laws of Nature.
Great accomplishment, no doubt. I've long thought that a woman can do just about anything a man can do, at least as well as a man can.
But does that mean she should? I guess all those missed birthdays were worth it, eh. Hopefully thoughts of you got them through.
Indeed! The one holding the baby is a cutie, too.
I'm just guessing dad is deceased but this is FR and a black woman with six kids has to be a welfare case EVEN if she achieves greatness in the Marine Corps.
I wonder if maybe some of these daughters (or even all of them) are adopted?
Even if she is a single parent because the dad isn't there. So what? People get divorced because of abuse and maybe the man wasn't worth a dime. It should be obvious to the 'where's the dad' folks that she has a excellent family support structure to raise such fine girls when she's deployed. I just think he's dead personally.
My point exactly, did you read my comments? We're on the same page.
And one more thing, maybe they're adopted like rogueyam said. Oh well either way, she's to be cogratulated. Have a great weekend indy!
Oh yes I read them and agree 100%!
You too! My soldier is done with her leave tomorrow. They're heading out at 4 am back to Ft. Riley, Kansas. I'm kind of bumming. She's been home three weeks, after a year in Iraq. I'm going to miss her. She's packing her stuff up right now. The things she had stored here. We had a great time.
Send her my regards!
Thanks, I will, you have a great weekend too.
My thoughts exactly, God help us Free Republic can be a narrow minded little ghetto at times can't it?
If the woman was white there would be no questions, the assumption would be that this woman was a god fearing lady who's husband died or something. But no she's black so the petty little snarky back biting starts, disgusting, truly disgusting.
This woman is a hard working, upright, damned fine American patriot who is raising her beautiful daughters to be the same and all some people see here is a. . . no I can't say it, they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
And for those of you too dumb to read a simple photo caption, the other woman is her NIECE!
I am not surprised at some of the comments. Oh well.