Major General
William D. Catto
Chief of Staff, United States European Command

Major General Catto’s undergraduate degree is from Bethel College, his M.A. from Webster University, and he is level III Acquisition certified. General Catto has served over 10 years in command assignments at the LtCol, Col, BGen, and MajGen ranks.

Following qualification to operate the CH-46, Major General Catto spent the next thirteen years in operational assignments. In squadrons he served in the Aircraft Maintenance, Administration, and Operations Departments. He served with 7th Marines as the Air Officer and then Regimental Operations Officer.

Following Command and Staff College, Major General Catto was assigned at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., where he served in Manpower as the Major’s Rotary-Wing Assignment Officer and then as the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation.

Returning to the Operating Forces, Major General Catto was assigned to HMM-163 and served as the Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer where he deployed twice in MEU(SOC) rotations. Following this tour, he was assigned to the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, as a Marine Corps Fellow. Following this tour he was again ordered to duty in Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Programs, Analysis, and Evaluations; Cost Analysis Improvement Group; Weapons Systems Cost Analysis Division. Major General Catto then went on to command Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. In flying assignments, he has amassed more than 4,100 flight hours in 13 aircraft types.

From June 2000 to June 2002, Major General Catto served concurrently as Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and Vice Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research. From July 2002 to June 2006, he assumed duties as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Systems Command.

Major General Catto's personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit Medal with gold star; Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; Air Medal with one Strike Flight Numeral; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

(Revised 01 Oct 2005)