Major General John Batiste will be a Speaker at the PLAN West Point Leadership Event!
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Major General John Batiste will be a Speaker at the PLAN West Point Leadership Event!

Major General Batiste was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from West Point in 1974. Over the next 31 years, he served in a variety of leadership positions, from platoon to division command. His major combat and peace enforcement experience include the First Gulf War as a brigade operations officer with the 24th Infantry Division from August 1990–March 1991, to Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Implementation Force (IFOR) mission as the commander of 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division from December 1995–November 1996, and again to Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2004–February 2005. John's final assignment in the Army was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division from August 2002–June 2005. During this timeframe, the "Big Red One" conducted peace enforcement operations in Kosovo, opened up a line of communication through southern Turkey in support of operations in Iraq, and conducted combat operations in Iraq. The division combat team was deployed to north-central Iraq in 2004 and early 2005 and included 22,000 soldiers from active and reserve component units from throughout the United States.