• Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt (left) became the commander of the 7th U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Training Command during a traditional change of command ceremony, June 26, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for U.S. and multinational forces. Annually, the JMTC trains approximately 12,000 soldiers, U.S., NATO, and partnered forces from Europe, Asia and Africa.

    JMTC Change of Command, June 26, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt (left) became the commander of the 7th U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Training Command during a traditional change of command ceremony, June 26, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for...

  • U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command,shakes hands with Col. Bryan L. Rudacille, outgoing JMTC commander, during a traditional change of command ceremony, June 26, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for U.S. and multinational forces. Annually, the JMTC trains approximately 12,000 soldiers, U.S., NATO, and partnered forces from Europe, Asia and Africa.

    JMTC Change of Command Ceremony, June 26, 2013

    U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command,shakes hands with Col. Bryan L. Rudacille, outgoing JMTC commander, during a traditional change of command ceremony, June 26, at...

  • U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, shakes hands with a German Bundeswehr General Johann Berger, commander Landeskommando Bayern, during a traditional change of command ceremony, June 26, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for U.S. and multinational forces. Annually, the JMTC trains approximately 12,000 soldiers, U.S., NATO, and partnered forces from Europe, Asia and Africa.

    JMTC Change of Command Ceremony, 26JUNE2013

    U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, shakes hands with a German Bundeswehr General Johann Berger, commander Landeskommando Bayern, during a traditional change of command...

  • (Left to Right) U.S. Army Col. Bryan L. Rudacille, outgoing commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, and Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of the 7th Army JMTC, conduct a pass and review during a change of command ceremony for the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 26, 2013. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for U.S. and multinational forces. Annually, the JMTC trains approximately 12,000 soldiers, U.S., NATO, and partnered forces from Europe, Asia and Africa.

    JMTC Change of Command Ceremony, 26June2013

    (Left to Right) U.S. Army Col. Bryan L. Rudacille, outgoing commander of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, and Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, incoming commander of...

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (June 26, 2013) -- Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, native of Somerset, Pa., is the new commander of the U.S. Army's only overseas training command, the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, also known as JMTC.

Piatt changed-leadership with Col. Bryan L. Rudacille, today, on the post's parade field among units and leader in a traditional change of command ceremony. In his new position, Piatt will spearhead training for U.S. and multinational forces. Annually, the JMTC trains approximately 12,000 soldiers, U.S., NATO, and partnered forces from Europe, Asia and Africa.

"Col. Rudacille has led this organization from the front," said Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., the commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, who presided over the ceremony. During Lee's time in the command, he has made it his mission to develop safe, demanding and innovative training. "

Lt. Gen. Campbell said in his remarks that Piatt brings a wealth of experience from the 10th Mountain Division, where he last served at Fort Drum.

"We are extremely fortunate to have just the right leader and family team to continue the crucial and ever-evolving JMTC mission," he said.

Piatt's professional credentials include a Master of Science degree in military history, and a Master of Arts degree in military science. He's attended the Army's 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 in Washington D.C.

Piatt began his remarks with a resounding "Gruss Gott," the traditional Bavarian greeting that expresses a warm welcome and blessings. The audience included U.S. and host-nation government and community leaders, soldiers and family members.

Piatt is a decorated soldier, with three Legions of Merit and five Bronze Star Medals.

"We have come to serve the soldiers, civilians and families of the Joint Multinational Training Command and the Bavaria Military Community," said Piatt. "My mission is to ensure you can accomplish yours --that we all train to win today, and are relevant for tomorrow."

For more information on the JMTC's training mission please see the JMTC Training Journal at http://www.eur.army.mil/jmtc/.

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