Sandra K. Walls


Sandra K. Walls
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force - Retired

BUSINESS ACUMEN

President, SKW Consulting, LLC (2021 - Present)

President, AVPOL International LLC dba AIL Logistics Solutions (2001 - 2017)

Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor (1995 - 1999)

United States Air Force Logistics Officer (1973 - 1995)

EDUCATION

B.S. Economics, Lemoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN, 1972

M. A. Business Administration, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 1975

M. S. Instruction, Curriculum, Leadership, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2000

Trinity Law School, Contracts and Negotiations, San Diego, CA, 2020 – Present

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • A pioneer in her own right, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sandra K. Walls retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1995, after serving over 22 years.   Her list of accomplishments was widespread.  Her most notable achievements include:  
  • Her nomination and selection to the Air Force's prestigious Education with Industry Program with Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas.  Many are nominated, only a few selected
  • She was hand-picked to manage and reverse negative business trends for two Air Force retail supply operations valued at $71 million and $31 million, respectively.  She led and directed all actions to reverse these negative trends in record time, earning her unit nominations as the Best in Command.  
  • As T-37 Program Manager, she led a diverse team of aircraft structural engineers, inventory managers, support equipment specialists, and contracting specialists in developing a nine-year, three-phased plan for the most extensive aircraft modification program in the Air Force -- $212 million T-37 Structural Life Extension Program. Project completed six-months ahead of schedule—selected Program Manager of the Year.
  • She was hand-picked to oversee programming actions to support Secretary of Defense-directed personnel reductions and base closures in the United Kingdom (England). Managed over $50 million in renovations and new construction projects; moved over $300 million in supplies and equipment and monitored over 5000 personnel reductions.
  • Developed Air Staff-directed logistics supportability assessment to determine the feasibility of replacing the forward air control O-2 aircraft with a modified T-37 aircraft. Review drove decision by Air Force to retire the O-2.As Director of Supply, she led her organization to earn the Outstanding Professional Performer Award by the United States Air Forces Europe.  First time in the command's history, a support unit earned such recognition – an honor usually given to flying units!

Colonel Walls' illustrious military career earned her numerous awards and decorations to include the Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award innumerable bases command, and USAF Logistics Awards.  

After retiring from the United States Air Force, Ms. Walls embarked on her journey to "give back to the community how she had been blessed." She taught High-School Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC) in Clinton, Maryland, and Tunica, Mississippi – both units earning the prestigious Outstanding JROTC Unit Awards, the highest honor JROTC unit.  She started an entrepreneur program for middle school-aged students.  She joined the Board of Advisors for Economic Opportunities (ECOP) to develop training and back-to-work programs for convicted felons.  She is a former member of the National Petroleum Management Association, the National Women's Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Government Contractors, the Leadership Membership Board of Directors, and the Board of Advisors for the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce.  She is currently a life member of Alpha Kapp Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Rotary Club of Memphis Central.

In 2001, Colonel Walls became the majority owner of a Texas-based company, AVPOL International LLC, eventually becoming the company's sole owner in 2004.  Under her leadership, the company grew exponentially, earning recognition as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by INC 5000, ICIC, and Diversity.Com.  She was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine and other business journals for her work in a traditionally "male" environment.   In December 2017, Ms. Walls retired for a second time. 

SKW Consulting, LLC was birthed in January 2021 to primarily focus on small to medium-sized business growth and development.   


Always Service Above Self - a Leader in Action!