LtGen Walter E. Gaskin is retired from the US Marine Corps and is currently the Secretary of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Lieutenant General Gaskin has served on the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission. From 2010 until his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 2013. LtGen Gaskin served as the Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. In that role, he provided strategic military counsel on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya to NATO’s Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council.
LtGen Gaskin also served as the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC from June 2006 until July 2008. In addition to this role, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). During this tour, LtGen Gaskin led II MEF (FWD) during its year-long deployment to Anbar Province, Iraq as the Commanding General of Multinational Forces-West.
LtGen Gaskin most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of La Porte Technology Corp. LAPORTECH is an engineering Technical Development Plan supplier with the capability to design, test, retrofit, and roll out new and existing specialty defense and commercial vehicles. Prior to this, LtGen Gaskin served as the Managing Director in Charge of Operation Management Complex of Global Bank in Irvine, CA.
A graduate of Savannah State University's NROTC Scholarship Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also graduated with the student honor of Summa Cum Laude and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also completed the Senior Executive Seminar from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. His military education includes the Amphibious Warfare School; Army Command and Staff College; Army War College; and the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command Course.