View Full Version : General John M. Shalikashvili

03-17-04, 05:46 PM
In a sign of the competition for credibility on military issues, Kerry plans to have a guest appear with him today: retired general John Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The four-star general has not previously been active in politics.

Who is Retired General John M. Shalikashvili

General (ret.) John M. Shalikashvili is a Visiting Professor with the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. During his tenure at Stanford, General Shalikashvili will be a senior adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project at CISAC, led by William Perry and Ashton Carter. General Shalikashvili was appointed the 13th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense, by President Bill Clinton and assumed his duties on 25 October 1993. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to serving as Chairman, General Shalikashvili served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and also as the Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on 27 June 1936, General Shalikashvili holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University. His military education includes completion of the Naval Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College. Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1959, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Artillery. For the next 23 years, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in Alaska, the continental United States, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, and Korea. In 1982, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general and assumed duties as Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy on the Army Staff. In 1984, General Shalikashvili returned to Germany and the 1st Armored Division as an Assistant Division Commander. Two years later, selected for promotion to major general, he returned to the Army Staff as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (Joint Affairs) and Director, Strategy Plans and Policy. From June 1987 to August 1989, he served as Commander of the 9th Infantry Division (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington. Selected for promotion to lieutenant general in August 1989, he returned to Germany and assumed duties as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, United States Army, Europe, and Seventh Army. In April of 1991, General Shalikashvili assumed command of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, the relief operation that returned hundreds of thousands of Kurdish refugees to Northern Iraq, and in August of 1991, he was called back to Washington, D.C., and became the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Shalikashvili next served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), and Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command from June 1992 until October 1993 when he returned to Washington to assume his position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In September 1997 General Shalikashvili stepped down as Chairman and retired from the army. He is married to the former Joan E. Zimpelman, and they have a son, Brant.

03-17-04, 08:58 PM
Just goes to show you that the being Chairman of the Joint Chiefs doesn't mean you are the brightest bulb in the pack.

03-18-04, 10:22 AM
I was in Northern Iraq in 91 and served under the guy...He loved his Marines! When the Army diddy-bopped in and relieved us, he was came out and gave a good pep-talk. I guess Kerry is trying to appeal to the military, both former and active, by having him as a supporter (running mate for VP????). Still ain't getting this Marine's vote!

03-18-04, 04:00 PM
say it to yourself ..... shaliksclinton....his CJCS