The Deputy Commanding General of US Army Europe visits the NDC
On 18 November, the NATO Defense College (NDC) was honoured to receive MGen Walter E. Piatt, Deputy Commanding General of US Army Europe.
MGen Piatt was then briefed on the NDC’s mission and activities by Col Kent Soebbing (USA A), Head of the Academic Policy Branch and USA Senior National Representative. This meeting was also attended by Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik (SVN C), NDC Dean, BGen Salvatore Carta (ITA A), Director of Management, MGen Pascal Valentin (FRA F), Head of the Academic Operations Division, and Dr. Brooke Smith-Windsor (CAN C) from the Research Division.
Before departing, Major General Piatt had the opportunity to meet current American Course Members who are attending Senior Course 125, and was accompanied on a tour of College facilities.
Major General Walter E. Piatt assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe, and Commander, U.S. Army NATO, on 23 July 2014. MGen Piatt is originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army in 1979, after graduating from Somerset Area High School, and served in the Army as an Infantryman for four years. Following his enlistment, he attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in 1987. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds both a Master of Science degree in Military History and a Master of Arts degree in Military Science. MGen Piatt has served in numerous assignments all over the world, including tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska. He also completed several operational deployments, including Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He published two books based on his experience in Afghanistan. His General Officer assignments include serving as the 52nd Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School and Chief of Infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia; as the Deputy Commanding General – Support, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; and as the Commanding General of the Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, United States Army Europe.