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Walter E. Piatt
Lieutenant General Piatt, Director of the Army Staff
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1979 - 1983
1987 - present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 10th Mountain Division
Joint Multinational Training Command
United States Army Infantry Center
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Inherent Resolve
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal

Walter E. Piatt is a United States Army Lieutenant General who currently serves as the Director of the Army Staff. Piatt enlisted in the Army in 1979 and served four years as an infantryman. After graduating from Lock Haven University, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1987. Prior to assuming his current position Piatt was the Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.[1] His other assignments as a general officer include serving as the 52nd Chief of Infantry; Deputy Commanding General-Support, 10th Mountain Division; Commander, Joint Multinational Training Command; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe; and director of Operations/director, Rapid Equipment Fielding, Army Rapid Capabilities Office.[2][3] He is divorced and has a daughter and a son. On January 1, 2021, after insurrectionists had breached the Capitol's security perimeter, Piatt claimed he could not recommend deployment of the National Guard and did not expedite the Capitol Police's request to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.[4]

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg  Combat Infantry Badge
Ranger Tab.svg  Ranger tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg  Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg  Air Assault Badge
10th Mountain Division CSIB.jpg  10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png  Army Staff Identification Badge
27 INF DUI.gif  27th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with four oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Iraq Campaign Medal with four campaign stars
Bronze star
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with one bronze service star
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 9.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 9
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey L. Bannister
Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Brian J. Mennes
Preceded by
Joseph M. Martin
Director of the Army Staff
2019–
Incumbent

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