Walter E. Gaskin was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 19, and was promoted to Lieutenant General on March 22, 2010, making him only the fourth African-American in Marine Corps history to achieve three-star grade. Lieutenant General Gaskin has been appointed as the next Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee.
His previous command was the Vice Director, Joint Staff. Before being assigned to the Joint Staff, he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, and Commander, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)and Commanding General Multinational Force – West, Fallujah, Iraq.
Gaskin is a Savannah native, and graduated from Savannah State University’s NROTC Scholarship Program in 1974, and was commissioned a 2ndLt. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In May 1977, he went to Okinawa and served as the S-3 for Logistic Support Units (LSU) Echo and Foxtrot, 3d Force Service Support Group. He also served as the senior watch officer in the 3d Marine Division Command Center.
He later earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He also completed the Senior Executive Seminar from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University (2002).