2010-05-13 / News

Former islander named Navy’s top civilian for 2009

Barry Walsh, formerly of Jamestown and the son of Norma and John Walsh, was recently selected as the top civilian employee for 2009 by the commander of Naval Surface Forces, Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis.

Walsh, a 1977 graduate of North Kingstown High School and a 1981 graduate of URI, is in charge of training standards for the Navy’s Afloat Training Group in San Diego. He oversees the training provided for all of the Navy’s surface ships in the Pacific Fleet, including San Diego, Seattle and Pearl Harbor, as well as ships stationed in Japan.

He was recognized for leading the design, construction and implementation of a data analysis system that enabled the Navy to more efficiently monitor and analyze training data for its ships’ sailors. His direct actions resulted in cost avoidance for the Navy of more than $40 million.

Walsh spent 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy prior to assuming his current position at the Afloat Training Group.

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