Education & military service
Jim Walker grew up traveling from military base to military base as the son of an army officer. He attended Austin Peay State University for business administration on an Army ROTC scholarship. This required him to serve four years of active duty in the army. However, Jim ended up spending a total of 20 years in the military. During this time, he also completed a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. Jim is also the recipient of two Legion of Merit medals.