Marines


Biography

 

Colonel Kent E. Walsh
Commanding Officer
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42

Col Walsh was raised in Pensacola, FL.  He graduated from Troy State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He was commissioned a 2ndLt through the Marine Corps PLC program in April 1994.  

2ndLt Walsh reported for duty with Alpha Co, the Basic School, Quantico, Virginia in October 1994.   He then reported to VT-6 and HT-18 for primary and advanced flight training at NAS Whiting Field. 1stLt Walsh received his “wings of gold” in April 1997 and was designated a UH-1N “Huey” pilot after completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron training aboard HMT-303. 

In November 1997 he reported to HML/A-167, the “Warriors” at MCAS New River, NC.  During his five years at HML/A-167, he participated in multiple deployments to include a SPMAGTF to the Caribbean, UNITAS exercise in South America, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployment cycles with HMM-264, as well as numerous CAX exercises.

In January 2003 Captain Walsh was directed to MATSG-21 for duty as a flight instructor.  He was subsequently assigned to the “Wildcats” of VT-10 aboard NAS Pensacola as an instructor in the T-34C.  After his first year in Pensacola, Captain Walsh volunteered to deploy with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing for combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Major Walsh was appointed as the Airfield Operations Officer at Al Asad Air Base, and returned to flying the UH-1N with his previous command HML/A-167.  After returning to CONUS and VT-10 in September 2004, Major Walsh transitioned to the T-6A aircraft.  

In September 2006 Major Walsh left active duty and transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve.  His first assignment as a member of the Selected Reserve was with the VT-10 Squadron Augment Unit (SAU).

In July 2007 Major Walsh transferred to Marine Transport Squadron (VMR) Belle Chasse stationed aboard NAS JRB New Orleans, LA. While attached to “Easy” Major Walsh maintained dual qualifications in the UC-12B and UC-35C/D aircraft.   In November 2010 LtCol Walsh deployed with the VMR Detachment Forward to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  

LtCol Walsh assumed command of the VT-3 Squadron Augment Unit in September 2011 and relinquished command in October 2013.  VT-3 trains USN, USMC, Coast Guard, and international flight students in primary pilot training at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL.

After a successful command tour LtCol Walsh reported back to 4th MAW as a G-3 staff officer.  During this time LtCol Walsh served as the Rotary Wing Frag O, Wing ITX coordinator and Ravnex coordinator, and also became an augment for VMR serving as an aircraft commander in the UC-35.  

After promotion to colonel in June 2016 Col Walsh accepted orders and a transfer to fill a role in the G-3 at II MEF, Camp LeJeune, NC. During this time, Col Walsh also served as the Tactical Exercise Control Group OIC for the multinational amphibious exercise Bold Alligator 17.  In May 2018 Col Walsh transferred back to 4th MAW to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

In Nov 2019 Col Walsh transferred to the MFR MCLO program representing 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.  In this capacity he assisted the Wing CG in all matters pertaining to the United States Navy for support of deployments and manpower. 

Upon selection for command Col Walsh completed the flight instructor training unit, and is now a current instructor pilot with Training Air Wing 5 and flying with the world-famous VT-6 “Shooters” at NAS Whiting Field. 

Col Walsh is a graduate of the Marine Corps AWS, Command and Staff, Reserve Officer Staff Planning, and AWC.  He has accumulated 4,000 flight hours in multiple airframes.  His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal-Strike Flight (strike numeral 2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Marine Corps Reserve Select Medal, as well as unit and campaign awards.