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Commander SFOR

General Eric K. Shinseki

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General Eric K. Shinseki is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, NATO Forces in Central Europe (LANDCENT) and Commander of the Stabilization Force (SFOR) after having served as the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army since August 1996.

General Shinseki is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Since his commissioning nearly 32 years ago, General Shinseki has served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the United States and overseas, including two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam with the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions. During duty with the 3d Armoured Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas, he served as Regimental Adjutant and as Executive Officer of its 1st Squadron. From March 1994 to July 1995, General Shinseki commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

General Shinseki has previously served over nine years in Europe as the Commander, 3d Squadron, 7th Cavalry; the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations, Plans and Training); the Commander, 2d Brigade; and the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, all with the 3d Infantry Division. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations, Plans and Training), VII Corps, Stuttgart, Germany, and as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (LANDSOUTH), Verona, Italy.

General Shinseki and his wife, Patty, have two children -- Lori, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, and Ken.


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