Dennis Walsh - VP Production Technical Soft Goods
Bachelor of Science, Park University
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dennis Walsh joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 in 1983 immediately followed by the U.S. Army basic parachutists course (Jump School) and U.S. Army Air Delivery Specialists (rigger) course. Walsh was a military parachute rigger throughout his 21-year Marine Corps career retiring at the rank of First Sergeant in May of 2004. Dennis obtained his Master Rigger certification on 19 March 2006 having packed in excess of 15,000 ram air and ground personnel and cargo parachutes. While a member of Marine Special Operations Units, Walsh completed numerous courses including Military Freefall Jumpmaster in 1992; Qualified Vector Military Tandem Master for personnel and equipment having conducted combat equipped Tandem jumps up to 25,000 feet MSL and jumped attached bundles up to 550 pounds used for ground resupply and distribution. A Special Operations Combatant Diver, Close Quarters Battle qualified for Direct Action missions, Walsh was a member of the First Force Reconnaissance Company during the Persian Gulf War OPERATION DESERT STORM, and made initial night landings during OPERATION RESTORE HOPE in Somalia. Walsh participated in combat operations during initial assault and the first 6 months in Iraq during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
Walsh served as Paraloft Chief of First Force Reconnaissance Company from 1997-2001 during which time he trained all unit Marines deploying on Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in combat equipped High Altitude High Opening parachute techniques up to 25,000 feet at night. He also conducted live jump tests and final modifications for the Eagle Industries Jumpers Kit Bag for freefall and low level static line application currently in use DOD-wide to include Force Reconnaissance and SOCOM units. Walsh was integral to the 2011 DOD 45 million dollar five-year Indefinite Date Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract award for the Atair Aerospace Joint Precision Airdrop Onyx Ultra-Light Autonomously Guided precision cargo parachute system. He is also a joint patent holder with Philip McManus for the Light Weight Release Away Static Line system.
In 1999, following the tragic crash of a CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter in the Pacific Ocean during Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) training operations and the subsequent death of 5 Force Recon Marines, Dennis developed the initial concept and design with Marine Corps Systems Command for the USMC Full Spectrum Battle Equipment-Amphibious Assault Vest-Quick Release (FSBE-AAV-QR) jettison system, used for emergency egress in water; fielded by U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, Natick Laboratories.
Walsh recently returned to the United States from South East Asia where he held the position of Regional Security Manager for American International Group (AIG) headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Walsh was responsible for the physical and intellectual property security of over 60 AIG owned facilities in eight countries and 2500 AIG employees. He was also responsible for the design, procurement and installation of all technical high end security equipment as Project Manager for all newly acquired AIG facilities prior to occupancy and
coordinated with his assigned eight countries real estate, facilities teams and Incident Management Teams (IMT’s). Dennis is a standing member of the International Security Management Group (ISMA) / Asia Security and Crisis Group (ASCG) and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) member.