Senior Master Sergeant Hilary Walton, wife of 2012 GPTS graduate Steve Walton, received the Air Force Distinguish Service Medal during a formal Dining Out Retirement Ceremony at Tysen-McGhee Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, Tenn. June 25.
SMSgt. Walton, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, retired from the 572nd Tennessee ANG Band, with which she played French horn and a number of other instruments since 1999. Her retirement culminated 32 years of service with the Army and Air Force. Among her many achievements was her role in developing a training program for musicians deployed with military bands into war zones. Hilary's band served briefly in Afghanistan, during which time she served as the unit's troop commander.
Hilary and Steve, also a former Army band musician (tuba player), along with their sons Sam (right) and Branch (front), are preparing for an upcoming move to Stuttgart, Germany, where Steve will be working to plant a new church to serve U.S. military personnel from several command headquarters units nearby. Their service will be under the auspices of Ministry to the Military International, a project of the PCA's Southeast Alabama Presbytery.
Steve was sworn in as an Army chaplain on the Fourth of July by former Air Force Col. Bill Wilder, a friend of GPTS. The Waltons require additional financial support before they will be able to take up their new ministry. If you wish to contribute, send checks to "Stuttgart Church Plant," PO Box 657, Waynesville NC 28786. Contact Steve at email@example.com.
The Waltons met while serving together in the U.S. Army-Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany, and were married in the famous Heidelberg castle. They have been part of a brass ensemble that has performed at the GPTS Spring Theology Conferences and other events for the past several years. Their music will be missed.