Lieutenant General Joseph S. Laposata, U.S. Army (Retired)

  • Lieutenant General Joseph S. Laposata, U.S. Army (Retired)Class of 1960

    Lieutenant General Laposata was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on October 3, 1938. Upon completion of the Reserve Officer Training Corps curriculum and the educational course of study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    His last active duty assignment was as chief of staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. Other key assignments include deputy chief of staff for Logistics, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army; commanding general, United States Army Material Command, Europe; director of Plans and Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, HQ, Department of the Army; executive to the deputy chief of staff for Logistics, United States Army, Washington, D.C.; chief of staff and deputy commander of the Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy; and commander of the 8th Support Group, also in the Southern European Task Force at Livorno, Italy.

    General Laposata served in a variety of important career building assignments preparatory to the assignments noted above. He served with the 5th Infantry Division in the United States for two years; the 8th Infantry Division in Germany for four years, three of which were spent in the Airborne Brigade; and the 25th Infantry Division as a battalion executive officer for a year in Vietnam. He then directed the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course and was the phase leader for the Advanced Course, both assignments at Fort Lee, Virginia. He next served as programs officer, J4 (Logistics), United States Security Assistance Group, Thailand. Returning to the United States, he became the chief of Analysis and Administration, Special Systems Management Office, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He then commanded the 5th Infantry Division’s 105th Supply and Transport Battalion, followed by duty as assistant chief of staff, G-4, both at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Later he filled a series of key logistics assignments in Washington, including logistics staff officer in the Resource and Management Directorate; chief, Prepositioning of Material Configured to Unit Sets Team; and chief of the War Reserve Division, Logistics Readiness Directorate.

    After retiring from active duty, the President of the United States appointed General Laposata as secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He served with the ABMC from January 1994 to March 1995. He then held a position on the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Appointed honorary colonel of the Quartermaster Regiment in April 1995, he was designated honorary colonel emeritus of the Quartermaster regiment in 1998. In May 1996, he was appointed to a NATO diplomatic post as deputy general manager and director of Logistics Programmes and Operations of NATO’s Maintenance and Supply Agency in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He retired from that post in June 1999.

    General Laposata was decorated with the award of Knight Commander by the president of the Republic of Italy, inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The Inter-Service Club Council of Greater Johnstown, Pennsylvania, presented him the 1990 Achievement Award and citation as Man of the Year. A highly decorated military officer, he also holds the American Battle Monuments Medal for Meritorious Service and the NAMSA Medal for Distinguished Service. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America for the past fourteen years.