Header
Updated: 6 September 2000 Who is who at NATO?


Chief of Defence of the United States

Gen. Henry H. Shelton

1996 - 2005


Born, 2 January 1942, Tarboro, North Carolina

Years of Active Commission: over 33

Present Assignment: Commander in Chief, US Special Operations Command, 7701 Tampa Point Bld. MacDill Air Force Base, Florida 33621-5323, since February 1996

Military Schools Attended:
  • Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • National War College

Educational Degrees:
  • North Carolina State University - BS Degree - Textile Engineering
  • Auburn University - MS Degree - Political Science

Foreign Languages: None recorded

Major Duty Assignments

Nov 63 - Apr 64
Platoon Leader, Headquarters Comapny, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia
Apr 64 - Jun 64
Student, Ranger Course, US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia
Jun 64 - Jul 65
Platoon Leader, Comapny D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia
Jul 65 - Sep 66
US Army Reserve, not on Active Duty
Sep 66 - Jul 67
Platoon Leader, Detachment B52, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, US Army Vietnam
Jul 67 - Dec 67
Commander, Detachment A-104, Company C, 5th Special Forces Group, US Army Pacific
Jan 68 - Mar 68
Executive Oficer, 11th Battalion, 3d Training Brigade, US Army Training Center, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Mar 68 - Dec 68
S-4 (Logistics), 3d Advanced Individual Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Jan 69 - Jan 70
S-2 (Intelligence), later Commander, Company C, later Acting S-3 (Operations), 4th Batallion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, US Army, Vietnam
Mar 70 - Nov 70
Student, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia
Nov 70 - Jul 72
Instructor, later Operations Officer, Ranger Dept., US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia
Aug 72 - Jun 73
Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Jul 73 - Jul 75
S-1 (Personnel), later S-3 (Operations), 2nd brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Jul 75 - Jun 76
Chief, Officer management Branch, later Deputy G-1 (Personnel), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Jun 76 - Jun 77
Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Jun 77 - Apr 79
Professional Development Officer, Combat Arms Branch, later Chief, Assignment Branch, Majors Div., Officer Personnel Management Directorate, US Army Military Personnel Center, Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 79 - Jun 81
Commander, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
Jun 81 - Jun 82
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations), 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
Jun 82 - Jun 83
Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington DC
Jun 83 - Oct 83
Chairman, Reserve Components Study Group, Office, Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, US Army, Washington DC
Oct 83 - Oct 85
Commander, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Nov 85 - Jul 87
Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York
Jul 87 - Jun 88
Dept. Director for Operations, National Military Commander Center, J-3, Organization of the joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC
Jun 88 - Jul 89
Dept. Director for Operations (Current Operations), J-3, Organization of the joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC
Jul 89 - Aug 90
Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Aug 90 - Mar 91
Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia
Mar 91 - May 91
Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
May 91 - May 93
Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Jun 93 - Feb 96
Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Promotions:
  • 2LT 19 Sep 64
  • 1LT 07 Jan 65
  • CPT 19 Mar 67
  • MAJ 07 Feb 74
  • LTC 06 Nov 78
  • COL 01 Oct 83
  • BG 01 Aug 88
  • MG 01 Oct 91
  • LTG 07 Jun 93
  • GEN 07 Mar 96

US Decorations and Badges
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Purple Heart
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Medals
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Master parachutist Badge
  • Pathfinder Badge
  • Special Forces Tab
  • Ranger Tab
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

    Source of Commission: ROTC

    Summary of Joint Assignments

    Assignments Dates Grade
    Deputy Director for Operations National Military Commander Center later Deputy Director of Operations (Current Operations), J-3, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC Jul 87-
    Jul 89
    Brigade General
    Commander, Joint Task Force, Haiti Sep 94-
    Oct 94
    Lieutenant General
    Commander-in-Chief, US Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Feb 96- Present General


     [ Go to Index ]  [ Go to Homepage ]