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|| November 07, 1952
Jun 21, 2011 03:54pm
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|Info||General David Howell Petraeus |
(born November 7, 1952) is a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. On January 4, 2007, it was announced and approved by President Bush that Petraeus will be appointed to commander of Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I). In addition to promotion from Lieutenant General to General, Petraeus will oversee all forces in Iraq and carry out the new Iraqi strategy plan, relieving the current commander, General George Casey. .
Petraeus commanded the 101st Airborne Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and during that unit's occupation of Mosul into mid-2004. Petraeus has been widely lauded for his effectiveness in administering Mosul, where public order decayed rapidly in 2004 soon after the 101st left.
In June of 2004, Petraeus was charged with the task of training the new Iraqi Army and security forces as commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq. He relinquished the post in September of 2005. Petraeus then assumed command of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC).
The Combined Arms Center, headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States. The Combined Arms Center is also responsible for: development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers, oversight of major collective training exercises, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned.
Before his tour in Iraq, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force – Bosnia.
Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
He has been wounded at least twice in the line of duty. In 1991, Petraeus, then a batallion commander, was accidentally shot in the chest with an M-16 during a live-fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when a soldier tripped and the rifle discharged. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, where he was operated on by future Senator Bill Frist . In 2000, during a parachute jump, Petraeus parachute collapsed at low altitude (approximately 60 feet), resulting a hard landing that broke his pelvis.
Petraeus married Holly Knowlton (daughter of retired Army General William A. Knowlton, who was superintendent of West Point at the time) two months after graduation from the U.S. Military Academy. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter.
LTG Petraeus is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA (Master of Public Administration) and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Military Academy. His Ph.D. dissertation, "The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam", dealt with the influence of Vietnam on military thinking regarding the use of force. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.