U.S. Army Europe's deputy chief of staff for operations nominated for major general

July 29, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit Spc. Athur Ruepong

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The president nominated U.S. Army Europe's deputy chief of staff for operations for appointment to the rank of major general, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

Batschelet has extensive experience in Europe, including deployments in support of USAREUR-led Operation Joint Endeavor/Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

A graduate of Iowa State University, his first duty station in 1983 was in Zirndorf, Germany, as fire direction officer, and later executive officer. He went on to serve as the chief of plans and exercises for 1st Infantry Division in Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1995, before deploying to the Balkans with 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery.

Upon returning from deployment in 1997, he served as the 1st Infantry Division deputy assistant chief of staff for operations.

His second deployment to the Balkans was in support of Operation Joint Guard as commander of 3rd Battalion, 82d Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, between April 1999 and May 2001.

His next duty assignment was on The Joint Staff in Washington as operations officer in the U.S. European Command Division and plans chief in the Information Operations Division in 2002 to 2004.

He deployed with the 4th Infantry Division twice to Iraq, as Division Artillery Commander and as Division Chief of Staff.

Batschelet returned to Europe in his current position in August 2009, while also serving as deputy commanding general for V Corps from November 2010 to this month.