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President nominates Fort Benning Colonel for promotion to Brigadier General

FORT BENNING, Ga - Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced that the President of the United States has nominated a Colonel here for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. 

Col. Walter E. Piatt, 60th Commandant for the U.S. Infantry School, must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before his promotion takes effect.

 Piatt enlisted in the Army in 1979.  He attended Initial Entry (Basic) Training, Infantry and Airborne training at Fort Benning before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.  His enlisted service also included assignments with the 172nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. 

Piatt was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1987 upon graduation from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  His military education as an officer includes the Infantry Basic and Advanced courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.  Piatt holds a Master of Science degree in Military History and a Master of Arts degree in Military Science.

He has earned numerous awards and decorations, to include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon. 

He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

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