Major General John Batiste retired from US Army in November 2005 after more than 31 years of active commissioned service. His final position in the Army was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, the “Big Red One”, from August 2002-June 2005.
John graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1974 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. His major combat and peace enforcement experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Storm from August 1990 to April 1991, Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Implementation Force (IFOR) mission from December 1995 to November 1996, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 from January 2004 to February 2005.
John earned a master’s degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California (1981). He graduated from the Army War College (1994), the Command and General Staff College (1986), the Infantry Officer Advanced and Basic Courses (1975 and 1979, respectively), and Ranger School (1975).
After retirement from the Army, John shifted his attention to the for-profit corporate world and served as president and CEO of Klein Steel Service Inc from 2005 to 2013, and president and CEO of Buffalo Armory LLC from 2013 to the present. He is a past member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Metals Service Center Institute and the executive committee of Raffles Insurance Ltd.
In support of veterans and their families, he serves as president of Stand for the Troops, is a board member of the Rochester-based Veterans Outreach Center, is a past and founding president of the Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council, and is a member of the board of advisors of the First Division Museum at Cantigny of Wheaton, Illinois.
John and his wife Michelle live in Brighton, New York and have five children and seven grandchildren.