Brig. Gen. Christopher Walker is the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. The West Virginia Air National Guard has over 2,100 members and consists of two flying units, the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, West Virginia, and the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, West Virginia. As the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander he provides command and control, over all Air National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General, on all matters related to the Air National Guard.
General Walker’s current federal dual assignment is Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, providing oversight and input concerning laws, regulations and policy of the Human Capital portfolio to ensure mission success. In this role, General Walker assists in areas of diversity, force development, force management, total force and Airman and Family Readiness.
Retired from the United States Army, Secretary Warner is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Law School, and has Master of Law degrees from the University of Virginia Law School and the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School.
During his career in the United States Army, Secretary Warner served on four continents, deploying to military hot spots around the world. He held a variety of leadership and teaching positions, culminating as the Chief of International Law for the US Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He also served on the staff at the U.S. Army War College.
After retirement from the Army, Secretary Warner served for five years as a contractor for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan. There, he served as chief of the Organizational Capacity Building section of the world’s largest Rule of Law program. He led over
Mark McMillion is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of leadership experience, training, and practice. As a West Point graduate, he was privileged to learn at the finest school of leadership in the world. With two engineering degrees, he understands how hard data drives decisions. As a veteran leader, he’s learned and practiced the soft skills of leadership. With tours of duty in Germany, Norway (with NATO), and two combat tours in Iraq, he served in a variety of positions on three continents and across the United States.
Contrary to what many believe, leadership in the Army is not as simple as giving orders or court-martialing someone. Building mutual trust, loyalty, and respect for others are critical requirements to be an effective leader in any environment.
His career highlights include his times as platoon leader, West Point assistant professor, battalion executive officer, and exercise planner for NATO. Each of these positions
Olivia McCuskey was born and raised in West Virginia, growing up in St. Albans. She graduated from Nitro High School and went on to play basketball at Ohio University, where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and History. Following graduation, Olivia returned to West Virginia and began working with Inspire West Virginia. She has been working for Inspire for almost 3 years, and has expanded the program throughout the state ever since. Inspire West Virginia is one state in the national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Inspire U.S., whose goal is to transform young leaders inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.
Roark C. Sizemore is a 2015 Alumnus of Mountaineer Boys State and a 2016 graduate of Morgantown High School. He attends WVU as a Bucklew Scholar, Milan Puskar Leadership Scholar, and Honor Student and is the recipient of the George W. Bud Seibert Public Affairs award and the DeLynn Scholarship. Roark serves as the WVU Student Government Senator President Pro Tempore. He is deeply devoted to ending childhood hunger and bringing opportunities and hope to those living in poverty. Roark is the Founder and President of The Pantry Plus More, a 501(c)3 charity that he started while a senior in high school with 8 in-school pantries and 2 more scheduled to open. Roark also co-sponsors monthly Mobile Food Giveaways with the Mountaineer Food Bank bringing in 12-15,000 pounds of fresh produce and meat every month to different regions of the county. In his spare time, he is the Co-president of