Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton is the Commander of the Kenya Army following his promotion and appointment on 13 July 2018. He was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces as an Officer Cadet on 14 May 1982 and Commissioned as an Officer on 14 April 1983. After completion of his Cadet training, he was posted to 3rd Kenya Rifles as a Platoon Commander and served in various appointments including Officer Commanding and later as Commanding Officer.
During his illustrious career in the Kenya Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton has held a raft of Command, Staff and Instructional related assignments in a number of Kenya Defence Forces establishments. He served as Officer Commanding Cadets Wing between 1994 – 1995. In Staff, he has served as a Staff Officer at Headquarters Kenya Army, Military Assistant to Army Commander, Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff and later as the Provost Marshal.
He was the Commander 6 Brigade in 2012 and was instrumental in the formative stages of the Formation which later was deployed in Somalia between 2013 and 2014. On successful completion of his tenure in Somalia, Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton was appointed General Officer Commanding, Western Command, on 16 April 2015, a position he held until 28 July 2016 when he was appointed as the Deputy Army Commander.
Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton is a graduate of the National Defence University in the USA. In his career spanning more than three decades, Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton has attended 22 Military courses relevant to the duties assigned to him. Key among these courses include: Command and Staff Course (Tanzania), Senior Command Course (Joint Warfare Centre), Combat Group Command Course (India), Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (USA), Staff and Faculty Development (USA) and National Defence Course (Kenya).
He has also served in United Nations and African Union peace support missions in different parts of the world including the United Nations Mission in Yugoslavia as Adjutant, Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) where he was the Commanding Officer of the Kenyan Battalion. Further, he served as AMISOM Sector 2 Commander from 2013 – 2014.
In recognition of his distinguished and exemplary service, H.E. the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya has awarded him the medals of Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW).
Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton is married to Susan and they are both blessed with four children.