2016 Pulaski Day Parade Military Marshal
Brigadier General (Ret) Walter B. Chahanovich
Brigadier General (Ret) Walter B. Chahanovich
Brigadier General Chahanovich has served in a variety of command and staff positions in a 34- year career of active and reserve duty. He entered active duty in June 1977 and was assigned to the 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as a line platoon leader and company executive officer. Thereafter, he was assigned to the 12th Engineer Battalion, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Germany where he served as Delta Company commander and 3d Brigade Engineer. He completed active service as Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

BG Chahanovich continued his service in the US Army Reserves with the 353rd Engineer Group in Oklahoma City from 1989 to 1995. During this time he served on the primary staff as the group S2 (intelligence), S4 (logistics) and S3 (operations) officer. He was reassigned to the 90th Regional Support Command in N. Little Rock, Arkansas as the Environmental Division Chief, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer.

BG Chahanovich returned to active service in 1997 serving on 3 reserve task force commands conducting training missions in Central America, twice as executive officer, and as Commander, joint Task Force San Marcos in Guatemala, under the US Southern Command’s Forward Command Element during the Hurricane Mitch relief operations in 3 nations affected by the storm. After his promotion to Colonel, he was assigned as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, US Army Corps of Engineers. He assumed command of the Corps’ Contingency Response Unit (CRU) in May 2002. The unit supported the Corps and 4 of its divisions aligned to support the 4 theater Combatant Commands, in Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom where it supported the activation of the Corps Gulf Region Division in Iraq. BG Chahanovich served a tour as the division’s Chief of Strategic Plans and Communications in Baghdad during the reconstruction operations and the first free election in Iraq. Following command, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer, 94th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Devens, Mass, and responsible for all Army Reserve facilities in a six state area. He was nominated for promotion on 9 June 2006 and assigned as Deputy Commanding General (IMA) for Mobilization and Training, US Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood in July 2006. In April 2008 he was reassigned as Commander, 78th Division (Training Support), Edison, New Jersey. The command was later relocated to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and redesignated as the 78th Training Division (Operations). The 78th took the lead for the Army Reserve in instituting the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) program through the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) and Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) conducted at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin providing training support for over 7,000 Army Reserve Soldiers. BG Chahanovich retired on 11 July 2011.

BG Chahanovich is a graduate of the State University College of New York at Potsdam with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program at Clarkson University. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army War College, the Syracuse University National Securities Study Course, and the National War College CAPSTONE Course. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. He also holds Master of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Army Commendation Medal (2 awards) and the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 awards).

BG Chahanovich is married to the former Ellen Patricia Kraemer. They have four children, sons Walter Scott, and Alexander, and daughters Kelly and Victoria. His family resides in Ellicott City, Maryland. In his civilian occupation, BG Chahanovich is the procurement and environmental law attorney for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

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