Major General Walter Piatt enlisted in the Army in 1979 after graduating from Somerset Area High School and served in the Army as an Infantryman for four years. Following his enlistment, he attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in 1987. His military education includes 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. He holds two masters degrees in military history and military science and an honorary doctorate degree for public service from Lock Haven University.
Piatt served with the 10th Mountain Division from 1999-2003 as the S3 for 4-31 IN Polar Bears, S3 for the 2nd Commando Brigade, the Secretary to the General Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and the XO for the 1st Warrior Brigade. He returned to Fort Drum to serve as the DCG-S for the 10th Mountain Division from 2012-2013. He also served in numerous assignments all over the world to include tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska and Germany. He completed several operational deployments to include Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He published two books from his experience in Afghanistan.
Major General Piatt rejoins the North Country from the Pentagon where he served as the Director of Army Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization and then as the Director of Operations, Army Rapid Capabilities Office.