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  Shinseki, Eric
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NameEric Shinseki
Lihue, Kauai, Hawai'i , United States
Born November 28, 1942 (75 years)
Last Modifed00
Jul 01, 2012 05:22pm
Tags Asian - Japanese - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Married - Special Forces - U.S. Army - Congregationalist - Straight -
InfoGeneral Eric K. Shinseki

Chief of Staff
United States Army

General Shinseki assumed duties as the 34th Chief of Staff, United States Army, on 22 June 1999.

General Shinseki graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from Duke University. General Shinseki?s military education includes the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

Since his commissioning, General Shinseki has served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the Continental United States and overseas, to include two combat tours with the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions in the Republic of Vietnam as an Artillery Forward Observer and as Commander of Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry. He has served in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks with Headquarters, United States Army Hawaii, and Fort Shafter with Headquarters, United States Army Pacific. He has taught at the United States Military Academy?s Department of English. During duty with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas, he served as the Regimental Adjutant and as the Executive Officer of its 1st Squadron.

General Shinseki?s ten-plus years of service in Europe included assignments as the Commander, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry (Schweinfurt); the Commander, 2nd Brigade, (Kitzingen); the Assistant Chief of Staff G3 (Operations, Plans and Training) (Wuerzburg); and the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver (Schweinfurt), all with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations, Plans and Training), VII Corps (Stuttgart). General Shinseki served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (Verona, Italy), an element of the Allied Command Europe.

From March 1994 to July 1995, General Shinseki commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. In July 1996, he was promoted to lieutenant general and became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, United States Army. In June 1997, General Shinseki was appointed to the rank of general before assuming duties as the Commanding General, United States Army Europe; Commander, Allied Land Forces Central Europe; and Commander, NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. General Shinseki assumed duties as the 28th Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army on 24 November 1998.

General Shinseki has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal with ?V? Device (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

May run for U.S. Senate as a Democrat if Senator Daniel Inouye retires. Also considering 2006 run for senate or governor.


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 08, 2008 04:00pm Commentary McIntyre: Myth of Shinseki lingers   Article Jason 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Fmr Army Chief of Staff Shinseki Named to BancWest Board of Directors  Article Gerald Farinas 
Mar 31, 2004 12:00am News Army museum opens Shinseki exhibit; hints at political future  Article Gerald Farinas 
Mar 31, 2004 12:00am News Shinseki inspires generation  Article Gerald Farinas 
Mar 28, 2004 12:00am News Army museum honors Shinseki  Article ArmyDem 
Jun 12, 2003 12:00am News Shinseki retires with parting shot at Rumsfeld  Article User 13 

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