Walter E. Piatt , Major General, US Army
Major General Walter E. Piatt serves as Commanding General of Fort Drum, New York, and the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), which deployed to more than a dozen countries around the world this past summer. Maj. Gen. Piatt recently returned from Iraq, where he served as the Commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command - Iraq and the Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Iraq. During his time there he worked directly with the civilian and military leaders of Iraq to finish the fight against ISIS, rebuild, and facilitate healing after years of constant warfare
Over his four decades in the US Army, first as an enlisted Soldier and then as a commissioned officer, he and his Family served in numerous assignments in several diverse locations, including Korea, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska and Germany. Maj. Gen. Piatt deployed to Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. A stalwart advocate for lifelong learning, he has also completed a fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, and holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, two master's degrees in military history and military science, as well as an honorary doctorate for public service from Lock Haven University. Maj. Gen. Piatt published two books about his deployment experiences in Afghanistan.
In 2010, while a Brigade Commander at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Maj. Gen. Piatt supported the launch of the first-ever, large-scale, Department of Defense funded, research study on the value of mindfulness training for active duty Soldiers, led by neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha of the University of Miami. Since then, MG Piatt has continued to serve as the key military advisor on several research studies examining best-practices for delivery of mindfulness training to military service members and spouses. He has spoken in a variety of forums about the utility of mindfulness for military leaders and the potential role of mindfulness in promoting Soldiers' ability to be adaptive, discerning, and compassionate in their efforts to protect our Nation.
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