WIESBADEN, Germany -- The Chief of Staff of the Army announced that Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, has been selected for assignment as director of operations, readiness and mobilization, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, in Washington, DC.

Piatt assumed duties as U.S. Army Europe's deputy commanding general, and commander of U.S. Army NATO, July 23, 2014 after serving more than a year as the commanding general of the Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

"Cynthia and I have enjoyed our time here in Germany immensely and will remember Europe as one of our best assignments, a place where we made great friends and worked with a team of unparalleled professionals," said Piatt following news of his reassignment.

"It is an honor to have served with some of the greatest soldiers and civilians in the Army here," Piatt added, "and I look forward to continuing to serve and fulfilling duty to the American people in our nation's capital."

Piatt began his military career as an enlisted soldier when he entered Army service in 1979 from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned as an Army officer in 1987. During his 35-year career Piatt has served in numerous assignments all over the world including tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska. He also completed several operational deployments to include Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

"I speak for the entire Army Europe team when I say we couldn't be happier for Walt and his family and I offer my congratulations on his selection to this challenging and important duty assignment at the Pentagon," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe.

"Walt is yet another example of one of the tremendous leaders we're cultivating here in the leadership development laboratory that is U.S. Army Europe," added Hodges.

Piatt is expected to report to his next assignment with the Army's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in April.

In the same Department of Defense news release, it was announced that Brig. Gen. William K. Gayler, currently the director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, will be the next deputy commanding general of Army Europe.

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