Col. Walter E. Piatt became Brig. Gen. Piatt on Friday during a ceremony at Fort Drum.
Gen. Piatt, who arrived at the post in July, is the 10th Mountain Divisions deputy commanding general for support.
My promotion today is as a testament to all the great leaders and subordinates that I have had the great privilege to serve with in my career, and I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to continue to serve, he said in a statement to the Times.
Gen. Piatt previously served with the 10th Mountain Division from 1999 to 2003 with the Battalion S3, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry and Task Force Polar Bear in Bosnia; the Brigade S3 for 2nd Brigade; the secretary of the General Staff; and the deputy chief of staff for the 10th Mountain Division as well as JTF Mountain during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
His last assignment with the 10th Mountain Division was as the 1st Brigade executive officer before departing Fort Drum in May 2003.
Gen. Piatt enlisted in the Army in 1979 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 172nd Infantry Brigade and the 101st Airborne Division. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1987 upon his graduation from Lock Haven University with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
He has served at a number of posts and in the last decade deployed three times, once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.
Gen. Piatt has earned numerous awards and decorations, including two Legions of Merit and five Bronze Star Medals.