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Lieutenant General Daniel Christman
On June 24, 1996, Lieutenant General Daniel W. Christman became the 55th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, General Christman graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy in 1965. He holds masterís degrees in civil engineering and public affairs from Princeton University and a law degree from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., bars and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
General Christmanís major command assignments include serving as the nineteenth U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium (1993-94); Commanding General, U.S. Army Engineer Center and Fort Leonard Wood and Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., (1991-93); Commander of the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, Ga., (1984-86); Commander of the 54 Engineer Battalion in Wildflecken, Germany (1980- 82); Company Commander in the 326th Engineer Battalion, Hue, Vietnam (1969-70); and Company Commander, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Changpo-Ri, Korea (1966).
His major staff assignments involved service as a Staff Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., (1976-78) and as a Staff Assistant with National Security Council, the White House (1975-76). In both of these assignments, General Christman was responsible for advising the Army Chief of Staff and senior staff on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). Further, he was called upon to testify before the House Select Committee on intelligence regarding Soviet compliance with earlier arms control agreements.
Immediately prior to his current assignment, General Christman served for 21 months as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John M. Shalikashvili. In this capacity, he supported Secretary of State Warren Christopher as a member of the Middle East Peace Negotiating Team and in arms control negotiations with the Russian Federation. Additionally, General Christman served for a year and a half as Army adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William J. Crowe, and then as Assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S. for National Security Affairs.
General Christman also served as Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy in Department of Army Headquarters, Washington, D.C. His duties in this assignment focused on negotiations relating to the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) arms control talks between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. In the course of supporting these negotiations on behalf o the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Chairman, JCS, General Christman briefed former President Bush and traveled to Europe to brief allied heads of state and the NATO Secretary General. He has also been called upon to testify before Congress on CFE initiatives as well as on other topics relating to our NATO commitments and Army force structure.
Among his military decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Air Medal (three awards).
Lt. General Daniel W. Christman is senior vice president for international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Christman is responsible for representing the Chamber before foreign business leaders and government officials and for providing strategic leadership on international issues affecting the business community. He oversees a team of dozens of policy analysts and program coordinators who are devoted to fostering free trade throughout the world.
Before joining the Chamber, Christman served for two years as the president and executive director of the Kimsey Foundation, where he helped launch a program on political reform in China in coordination with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At the same time, he worked on critical initiatives to improve the quality of education in Washington, D.C., public schools.