Lieutenant General John B. Sylvester

General John B. Sylvester is the Commander Peace Stabilisation Force, Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lieutenant General Sylvester was commissioned as an Armoured officer in 1968. His military education includes the Armour Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Education and Counselling from Long Island University and has completed a fellowship at Texas A&M University. His military service has included a tour in Vietnam, two tours in Bosnia and Herzegovina, five tours in Germany and a wide variety of assignments in the United States.

His service with soldiers includes: Platoon Leader and later Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Armour; Support Platoon Leader and Motor Officer, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment; Commander, C Company, 5th Battalion, 33d Armour; Commander, Troop I, 17th Cavalry; Commander E Troop, 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment; G3, Allied Forces Central Europe Reserve Corps; S3, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Battalion, 68th Armour, 8th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Brigade, 2nd Armoured Division; Operations Desert Shield and Storm; Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Assistant Division Commander (Support and then Manoeuvre), 1st Infantry Division.

His staff assignments include: Senior Manoeuvre Instructor, United States Army Field Artillery School; Instructor, Department of Military Instruction, United States Military Academy; Special Assistant to the Commanding General and Chief of Staff Infantry Division; Deputy Director and Director, Unit Training Directorate, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Director, Command and Staff Department, then later Chief of Staff, United States Army Armour School; Director of Centre for Army Tactics, United States Army Command and General Staff College; Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2/G-3 (Operations), Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps Germany and
Operation Joint Endeavour, Bosnia; Director of Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe, The Netherlands; Assistant Chief of Staff for Military Operations SFOR (Sarajevo), Allied Land Forces Central Europe and Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia; Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Lieutenant General Sylvester's awards include: three Defence Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star; three awards of the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal with "V" device; Bronze Star Medal; four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; four awards of the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; and the Army Aviator Badge.

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