Staff Sgt. Chris Walker is shown with Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman III, left, the deputy G4 for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, and Brig. Gen. John Haley, the chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, after he was presented the Master EOD Badge on June 11. (Army)
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Master EOD badge (Army)
Staff Sgt. Chris Walker lost both arms and his left leg in a blast in Afghanistan two years ago.
Now he has earned his Master EOD Badge.
Walker, formerly a team leader with the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, was deployed in April 2012 and doing a post-blast investigation when an IED explosion hurled him 30 feet, shattered his facial bones, damaged his eyes and eardrums, and cost him three limbs.
Since then he has been determined to come back from that, through a long recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Being injured is not the end of your life,” Walker said in a news report. “You just have to keep trying. If you don’t try, it’s not going to get better.”
On June 11, he received the Master EOD Badge, the highest rating an EOD service member can receive.
He plans to continue his career in the Army, with nearly 11 years in uniform, according to an Army release.
“He has always been an inspiration to those he taught at the EOD school, and to his fellow team members during his deployments,” said Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman III, the deputy G4 for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff. “He has such a phenomenal attitude and outlook on life”
Walker received the badge from Dorman and Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, the chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, in a ceremony at Walter Reed.
“He has plans, and I have no doubt he will accomplish anything he sets his mind to,” Dorman said.