by Amanda Smith
Lieutenant Commander Walter Toney retired from the US Navy on April 7, 2014 at his retirement ceremony, held at Miller Commons, SPAWAR Old Town Campus in San Diego, California after 30 years of dedicated service to his country.
Ned & Walter Toney
Toney was born in Albany, Georgia in July of 1962 to the parentage of Ned and Debbie Toney; he grew up with three sisters and graduated from high school in Albany before attending Southern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Workforce Education and Development, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University in California where he graduated with honors.
Toney entered naval service in April of 1984 and reported to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He graduated as a Top Performer from Seaman Apprenticeship training and earned orders to Basic Electronics training in Orlando, Florida and Electronic Warfare basic training in Pensacola, Florida. He reported to the USS FIFE in San Diego where he made one deployment while serving as an early warning and missile defense system operator, followed by a deployment on the USS STEIN as lead deception equipment technician. He also served as the Assistant Officer-in-Charge and coordinated the disestablishment of the forward-deployed detachment in Cubi Point, Philippines.
In 1993, Toney reported to Recruit Training Command in San Diego where he was selected Honor Graduate of his Company Commander School class and led two companies through basic training. In 1994, he reported to Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific as an instructor and was selected as Instructor and Course Director of the Year, qualified as a CNET Master Training Specialist, and made Chief Petty Officer. In 1996, he reported to the USS STETHEM where he completed two deployments and served as Surface Warfare Coordinator, MIO Officer, Combat Watch Officer, Command Duty Officer, Senior Enlisted Watchbill Coordinator, and Fitness Coordinator.
Toney received his commission as an Ensign in November of 2000 and reported aboard USS Decatur and in 2003, he reported to Afloat Training Group, Pacific as Shipboard Training Team Course Manager, Training Officer Course Manager, and Training Liaison Officer. He successfully trained and prepared more than 60 ships' training teams and developed course curriculum, personally training and preparing more than 30 training officers to lead shipboard training programs.
In April of 2005, Toney reported to the USS NIMITZ, completing one Operation IRAQI Freedom deployment and in 2007, he reported to the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office as Assistant Program Manager where he managed a $10 million budget for fixed surveillance sites and was the first assigned military APM to achieve Program Management Level III certification. In April of 2009, he reported to the USS BOXER, completed another Operation IRAQI Freedom deployment and in May of 2011, he reported back to the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program office where he led the development of a new $400 million CNO project and where his appointments and efforts earned him designation as one of the TOP command APMs.
LCDR Toney's decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the ISAF NATO Medal.
"Everything my son has done, he did excellently," said Toney's proud father Ned. "He is so intelligent and has always had a knack for engineering," he continued. "I am so very proud of him - he is the son that any father would want and then some."
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