Walter Lawrence "Skip" Sharp[1] (born September 27, 1952),[2] 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. Sharp retired from the Army in July 2011.

Walter L. Sharp
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General Walter L. Sharp, USA
Born (1952-09-27) September 27, 1952 (age 67)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1974–2011
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldUnited Nations Command
ROK-US Combined Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
3rd Infantry Division
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsOperation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Uphold Democracy
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star


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.

Decorations, medals and badgesEdit

  Basic Parachutist Badge (United States)
  Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  Army Staff Identification Badge
  1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
  2nd Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Defense Superior Service Medal (with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  Legion of Merit
  Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)
  Army Commendation Medal
  Army Achievement Medal
  Presidential Unit Citation
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze Service Stars)
  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Service Stars)
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
United Nations Medal with one service star
  Inter-American Defense Board Medal
  Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal (Republic of Korea)
  Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-su Medal (Republic of Korea)
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Levin, C. (2010). Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 110th Congress: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, U. S. Senate. DIANE Publishing Company. p. 446. ISBN 9781437914238. Retrieved 2015-05-12.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Walter L. Sharp at Wikimedia Commons