General David H. Petraeus
General David Petraeus’ military career included some of the most critical positions of combat leadership in modern U.S. history, including command of all forces in Iraq during the Surge and all forces in Afghanistan at the height of that war, after which he served as the Director of the CIA, following confirmation by the Senate by a vote of 94-0.
His four-star assignments included serving as the 10th commander, U.S. Central Command from October 2008 through June 2010, Commander of the Multi-National Force–Iraq from February 2007, to September 2008, and Commander of the International Security Assistance Force In Afghanistan from July 2010 through July 2011.
Among his many other command and staff appointments, Petraeus served as the first Commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq from June 2004 through September 2005, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from July 2002 to June 2004, including the invasion of Iraq and first year there, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (2001–02) for the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia, Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division (199-2000), Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-1999), Commander of the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (1995-1997), and the first Chief of Operations (1995) for the United Nations Force in Haiti.
Among his military accolades are four awards of the Defence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal, three awards of the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valour, two awards of the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Ranger tab, and Master Parachutist wings. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries and was, in 2007, runner up for Time Person of the Year (the year that Vladimir Putin earned that recognition). Among his numerous other awards, has twice been a Time 100 selectee, three times a Foreign Policy magazine top public Intellectual, Princeton University’s Madison Medallist, and the Daily Telegraph Many of the Year.
General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the US Military Academy and later earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has held academic appointments at USMA, CUNY’s Honours College, USC, Harvard’s Belfer Center, and Yale’s Jackson School.
General Petraeus is currently a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He also serves on the boards of One Stream and Optiv, is a personal venture investor, and is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University.
General Petraeus’ military career has included some of the most critical positions of leadership in modern U.S. history, including overseeing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His four-star assignments include serving as the 10th commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as commanding general, Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.
Among his many staff and command appointments, Petraeus served as chief operations officer (1995) for the United Nations mission to help establish democracy in Haiti and as assistant chief of staff for operations (2001–02) for the multinational Stabilization Force sent by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to enforce a cease-fire in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Among his military accolades are four awards of the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star Medal for valor and two awards of the Defence Superior Service Medal.
In total, Petraeus served 37 years in the United States Army after graduation from West Point in 1974.
Other Career Highlights and Awards:
- Defence Distinguished Service Medal
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Masters in Public Administration and Ph. D. in international relations from Princeton.
- Final assignments were commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010, to July 18, 2011.