Walter L. Sharp

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Walter L. Sharp
Walter L Sharp Official Portrait.jpg
General Walter L. Sharp, USA
Nickname(s) Skip
Born (1952-09-27) September 27, 1952 (age 62)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1974 - 2011
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held United Nations Command
ROK-US Combined Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
3rd Infantry Division
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Uphold Democracy
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Walter L. "Skip" Sharp (born September 27, 1952),[1] is a retired United States Army four-star general, who last served as the Commander, United Nations Command, Commander, ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea from June 3, 2008 to July 14, 2011. He previously served as the Director of the Joint Staff from 2005 to June 2008. Retired from the Army in July 2011.

General Sharp was born in Morgantown, West Virginia while his father was fighting in the Korean War. As a child he moved among many cavalry posts until he went to the United States Military Academy in 1970. General Sharp graduated from West Point in 1974 and was commissioned an Armor officer. In his class were three other future four-star generals, David Petraeus, Martin Dempsey and Keith B. Alexander. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and is a graduate of the Armor Basic Course, the Field Artillery Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

General Sharp’s command positions include Armor Company Commander with 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Squadron Commander 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas; Regimental Commander 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; and Division Commander, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He commanded troops in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and SFOR’s Multinational Division (North) in Bosnia.

General Sharp has served in the Directorate of Combat Developments at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Armor/Anti-Armor Special Task Force, and the Armored System Modernization Office at the Pentagon. He has had four assignments at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff. He was the Deputy Director, J5 for Western Hemisphere/Global Transnational Issues; the Vice Director, J8 for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment; the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J5; and the Director of the Joint Staff.

General Sharp is married to the former Joanne R. Caporaso of Brooklyn, New York and they have three children.

Medals and Awards[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with one silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze Service Stars)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numerals)
Inter-american defense board medal ribbon.svg Inter-American Defense Board Medal
United Nations Medal.svg United Nations Medal
UNMIH.svg United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) Medal
Tong-il Security Medel Ribbon.png Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Security Medal (Republic of Korea)
Cheon-Su Security Medal Ribbon.png Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-su Medal (Republic of Korea)
Us sa-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Us kw-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
USA Parachutist.png Basic Parachutist Badge (United States)
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
1st Cavalry Division - Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.svg 1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
2CRDUI.jpg 2nd Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia

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References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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