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Commander Stabilisation Force

General Montgomery C. Meigs

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COMSFOR, General Montgomery C. Meigs on a reconnaissance tour in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Photo: Photo: Sgt. Alfredo Barraza, Combat Camera.

General Montgomery C. Meigs became the Commander of the Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 23, 1998. He comes to this assignment after serving as the Commanding General, United States Army Combined Arms Center and Commandant of the Army's Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas since August 1997.

General Meigs was born in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 11, 1945. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1967 with a bachelor of Science Degree. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin. His military education includes tours at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

Commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 1967, he spent his first years in the Army commanding in Armored Cavalry in Germany and Vietnam.

After study at the University of Wisconsin and a year at the Command and General Staff College, he taught in the History Department at West Point. He spent the 1991-92 academic year at MIT as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1984, General Meigs joined the 1st Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment as its Commander. Following a stint at the National War College as an Army Fellow, he worked as a strategic planner on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. He assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division on September 26, 1990 and soldiered with it through DESERT STORM. He subsequently commanded 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, until May 1, 1993, when he assumed duties as Chief of Staff of V Corps. A tour as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, USAREUR followed. He commanded 3rd Infantry Division from July 1995 until it was redesignated as the 1st Infantry Division in February of 1996 and continued in command until August 1997. From November 19th to July 1997, he also served as COMEAGLE in command of NATO's Multi-National Division-North in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with V device, and the Purple Heart.

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