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Hon LCol, Col Doug Walton, OMM, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel D.B. Walton was born in Brandon, Manitoba on 16 June, 1936.
He began his military career in the Canadian Army Reserve in Brandon in 1950 when
he enlisted in the 26th Field Regiment, RCA at age 14! In 1960, he joined the Canadian Army
Regular as a direct entry Second Lieutenant.
Initially assigned to the Second Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2RCHA),
Lieutenant-Colonel Walton served with that unit and 3 RCHA in Winnipeg and Germany until 1967 in a variety of appointments. In 1967 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and posted to the Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba as a student on the Artillery Officers' Staff Course. Upon completion of the course in 1968
he remained at Shilo as an Instructor-in-Gunnery.
From 1969 to 1970 Lieutenant-Colonel Walton served with the British Army in
Wales. During this tour of duty he took part in gunnery trials with the newly introduced
Rapier Air Defence Weapons System. In 1970 he returned to Canada as a student
at the Army Staff College in Kingston.
Upon graduation from Staff College in 1971, Lieutenant-Colonel Walton was posted
to the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton and while in the rank of Captain held
the position of Deputy Commanding Officer 1 Airborne Battery and later as Regimental Adjutant. Upon promotion to the rank of Major in 1974, he was appointed Commanding Officer 1 Airborne Battery and during the war in Cyprus in the summer of that year deployed with the Battery to that location as part of the United Nations Augmentation forces. While in Cyprus he commanded troops at the Nicosia International Airport Sector.
In 1976, Lieutenant-Colonel Walton left the Canadian Airborne Regiment to become
Deputy Commanding Officer 1 RCHA in Lahr, Germany. He returned to Canada in
1978 and after a brief posting to Ottawa, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-
Colonel. He then returned to 1 RCHA as its Commanding Officer from 1979 to 1981.
In July 1981, Lieutenant-Colonel Walton assumed the appointment of Commandant of
the Artillery School at the Combat Training Centre, Canadian Forces Base Gagetown,
NB. This was followed in 1983 with a year's duty in Kingston at the Canadian Land
Forces Command and Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1984.
In 1984 Colonel Walton became Chief of Staff Atlantic Militia Area in Halifax, NS,
and in 1986 moved to Ottawa to become Director of Artillery. In August, 1988 he became Base Commander Canadian Forces Base Shilo and upon his retirement from the Regular Force in June 1992 became a member of the Supplementary Ready Reserve. In 1993 Colonel Walton was appointed Chairman for the Okanagan Zone of the Army cadet League of Canada. In May 1994 he was called out in the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel to become the Commanding Officer of the Vernon Army Cadet Camp for the summer of 1994.
Colonel Walton was appointed to the Order of Military Merit in the Grade of Officer
in 1979. He is married to the former Doreen Elizabeth Rookes of Brandon, Manitoba.
They have one son, Jack, residing in Vernon.