Three Stars and a Crow is the story of Bob Walker, a man who loved the U.S. Navy from the moment he met it, and who set out to become the best by devoting himself to serving his country and the men and women who serve.
From a typical American childhood raised on a farm, Bob’s character was instilled by his parents. He played quarterback in high school and won a nationwide speaking contest that helped him and others realize he was destined to lead.
After joining the Navy at 19, Walker rocketed through the enlisted ranks to achieve chief in just eight years. His was the Navy of spit and polish, chain of command, and an absolute dedication to quality and performance.
In this book, Walker lays out the principles that led him to go toe to toe with all who threatened his Navy. Read about the courage it took to speak the truth and demand changes to a system that had lost the polish of the past. Find out why his family managed to love him and believe in him in spite of the separation and demands he placed on them.
Filled with typical no-bull Walker language and humor, Three Stars is sure to become a classic guide for enlisted who want to rise fast and make a difference. This book describes how Walker did it, and why so many Sailors have such respect for the man who brought respect back to the Navy, the man who loved them beyond reason, and who became a living legend in the United States Navy.
“Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Robert J. Walker devoted his life to building coalitions, trying new ideas and working tirelessly for an institution that he loves, the United States Navy. Three Stars and a Crow tells the story of a great Virginian who brought about positive changes within the United States Navy by doing what is right. MCPON Walker, thank you for your life of public service to this nation, which is well documented in this book.”
The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia
“It has been an honor and privilege to get to know Master Chief Walker and I’m very proud to call him my friend. He has served his Navy and his nation with extraordinary dedication and serves as the shining example for all our Chief Petty Officers to follow.”
Admiral J.C. Harvey, Jr., USN
“MCPON Bob Walker was not only my MCPON when I made Chief, he was a mentor, friend and exalted advisor when I served as the 7th MCPON.”
Retired MCPON Duane Bushey, USN (1988 - 1992)
“Many were “passing the buck” and blaming “Z grams” for “usurping their authority” and generally not taking ownership of personal shortcomings and failings. Along came Bob Walker, a hard nosed, pragmatic, no nonsense, get it done kind of leader. He was exactly what the Navy needed and he gave the job a 100% effort.”
Retired MCPON John Hagan, USN (Mar 92 - Mar 98)
Known for high standards and a strong will, Bob Walker to me was also one of the most respected, forward leaning and visionary MCPON’s that ever served the Navy. Bob had a profound impact on my career, not only was he was the MCPON when I joined the Navy, he become a trusted mentor to me in the years leading up to and during my term in the office. I’m proud to say that Bob is my friend, my mentor and for me, one helluva role model.
Retired MCPON Terry Scott USN (2002 – 2006)
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