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General Peter Chiarelli

(b. 1950)



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General Peter Chiarelli

(b. 1950)


General Peter Chiarelli

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Peter W. Chiarelli (born March 23, 1950) is the current Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Chiarelli previously served as commander of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq under General George W. Casey, Jr. Chiarelli assumed his current assignment on August 4, 2008.[ In his previous assignment, he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2007 to August 2008.


Peter Chiarelli is from Seattle, Washington, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Seattle University Army ROTC. Chiarelli was commissioned a second lieutenant in September 1972. Throughout his career, he has served in Army units in the United States, Germany, and Belgium. He has commanded at every level from platoon to corps.

Chiarelli's principal staff assignments have been as the operations officer, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Assistant and, later, Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander, Commander United States European Command at SHAPE Headquarters, Mons, Belgium; and the Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization at Headquarters, Department of the Army.

General Chiarelli commanded a mechanized infantry battalion and a mechanized infantry brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington; served as the assistant division commander for support in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; served as commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, and led it both in the Iraq War and during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; and served as commanding general of Multi-National Corps in Iraq.

Peter Chiarelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Seattle University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts degree in national security strategy from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Chiarelli was the subject of an interesting article on CNN.com in February of 2011 in which he showed the good graces to not take offense when mistaken for a waiter by a member of the Obama Administration.


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