Marine Lt. Gen. Glenn Walters has been nominated to serve as the next assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday.
Walters, a career aviator who currently serves as the deputy commandant for Marine Corps Programs and Resources, was also tapped to receive a fourth star. If confirmed by the Senate, Walters will replace Gen. John Paxton Jr. as the Marine Corps' second-highest ranking officer and 33rd assistant commandant.
A Cobra pilot by trade, Walters has served with a host of helicopter and test squadrons. He was the first commanding officer of Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 and has served as the assistant deputy commandant for Marine Corps Aviation. He was not immediately available for comment on the nomination.
Then-Brig. Gen. Glenn Walters, served as the commander of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan.
Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington/Marine Corps
"Night and day difference in Marjah," he said at the deactivation ceremony, according to a Marine Corps release. "A year ago there were bloody battles and gunfire. When we left, you could go visit the schools, see the girls going to school, walk through the bazaar. Commerce is growing and booming."
Walters was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1979 after graduating from The Citadel, the prestigious military college in South Carolina. He was a platoon commander with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before attending flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He was designated a naval aviator in March 1981 and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, where he trained to fly the AH-1T Cobra helicopter. He was then transferred to Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 where he served as the flight line officer.
Photo Credit: Cpl. Tia Dufour/Marine Corps
In 1987, Walters deployed in support of Operation Earnest Will, the U.S. military's mission to protect Kuwaiti tankers from Iranian attacks. He has served on land and at sea in the Asia-Pacific region.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Awards and the Air Medal.