Lute graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point
in 1975. His first assignment was to the Second Armored Cavalry
Regiment in Bindlach, Germany, where he commanded C Troop. He received
a master's degree from Harvard University and taught in the Social
Sciences department at West Point. Following attendance at the British
Army Staff College, he returned to the Second Cavalry as operations
officer, serving both at the squadron and regimental levels.
he deployed and fought with the Regiment in Operation DESERT STORM,
and later served on the staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army.
He commanded 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas from
1992-94. He then served on the Joint Staff in the Directorate for
Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, and held a War College Fellowship
at the Atlantic Council in Washington.
he commanded the Second Cavalry Regiment, part of XVIII Airborne
Corps, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Immediately prior to joining the
First Infantry Division, Col Lute served as the executive assistant
to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.