GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Newly frocked Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt handed over command of the U.S. Army’s 7th Joint Multinational Training Command to Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli during a ceremony on Monday.
Piatt’s year as commander of the Army’s largest overseas training facility was one marked by rapid change, influenced heavily by the reshaping of the military’s footprint in Europe. During his tenure, Piatt oversaw the first major uses of the European rotational force during the recent Combined Resolve training exercises, as well as the return of the heavy armor to European shores after its departure in 2013.
Piatt, who was frocked as a major general during the change of command ceremony, now heads to Wiesbaden, Germany, to replace Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, who is retiring later this year. Piatt will be the next deputy commanding general of U.S Army Europe.
Cavoli was most recently deputy commanding general for operations of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. He now takes command of a training center whose stated mission of furthering multinational cooperation is, in his words, “a beautiful vision.”
“This is like a dream come true, I have an operational history in the infantry and in combat arms units, both in peace and in combat. Also, I’ve had significant experience ... working with other nations’ armies,” Cavoli said. “To bring those two things together, to get to work at a training center that is devoting itself to multinational interoperability, is like combing the two threads of my career into one rope, so I’m very excited.”