The Commanding Officer (CO) is Captain Matthew Walker. Captain Walker assumed command of POLAR STAR in July 2014. As CO, Captain Walker is responsible for the overall safety of the ship and crew, as well as the successful completion of POLAR STAR's assigned missions.
Captain Walker’s previous assignment was with the Afloat Training Group San Diego, CA. He is a native of Bath, New York, and received his commission in 1993. He earned his undergraduate at Youngstown State University and Cornell University, and received a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University.
Capt. Walker’s awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and a Navy Achievement Medal .