The Commanding Officer (CO) is Captain Matthew Walker. Captain Walker arrived from Afloat Training Group San Diego, CA to assume command of USCGC POLAR STAR in July 2014.
This will be the tenth ship to serve in during his Coast Guard career, from a buoy tender in Guam to a patrol boat in Miami, from an exchange officer in a U.S. Navy Frigate to an executive officer in a high endurance cutter; he is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer and a Cutterman. Captain Walker first served in POLAR STAR as Operations Officer 2002-2004, and now takes his third command at sea of America’s only Antarctica capable icebreaker.
His other assignments include Coast Guard Liaison Officer Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest, Aids to Navigation Section Chief, District 13 staff, Liaison officer to the 51st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm. His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation medals, a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation medal, and a Navy Achievement medal.
Captain Matt Walker entered the Coast Guard on Nov 1, 1982, from his hometown, Bath, New York. He attended Officer Candidate School, Yorktown, VA and was commissioned February 26, 1993. He did his undergraduate at Youngstown State University and Cornell University, and received a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University.