General George Joulwan
|Born||November 16, 1939|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
George Alfred Joulwan (born November 16, 1939, Pottsville, Pennsylvania) is a retired United States Army general who served for 36 years. He finished his military career as the Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR) in 1997.
As the Supreme Allied Commander, he conducted over 20 operations in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. When the United States sent forces into Bosnia in the 1990s, General Joulwan played the leading role in troop deployment, earning praise by President Clinton upon Joulwan's retirement.
As SACEUR, General Joulwan created a strategic policy for the United States military engagement in Africa, which was the first time in U.S. history that such a policy had been crafted.
General Joulwan sits on the board of directors of Emergent BioSolutions, a biotechnology company, after a referral to the post by Allen Shofe, an executive at Emergent.
His other post-military positions have included:
He has also served as a military analyst for Fox News Channel. Notably, he appeared on Fox News Sunday a few weeks after September 11, 2001, with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Senate Armed Forces chairman Carl Levin to discuss his experience in war planning and the American military's planning with regards to Afghanistan.
George Joulwan earned his college degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, he played football and basketball, earning two varsity letters as a football lineman. Later in his career, General Joulwan earned a master's degree from Loyola University (Chicago) in political science.
General Joulwan served from June 1966 to November 1967 and from June 1971 to January 1972 in Vietnam. He attended the Army War College, and served on the Staff and Faculty until 1979. He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), from June 1979 to September 1981, when he became Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division.
Joulwan served as special assistant to General Alexander Haig while still a Major within the U.S. Army, when Haig was serving as White House Chief of Staff from May 4, 1973 – September 21, 1974.
He served in various functions at the Pentagon from 1982 until June 1986, when he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, United States Army Europe and U.S. Seventh Army, Germany.
In March 1988 he was given command of the 3rd Armored Division and in 1989 he became Commanding General, U.S. V Corps.
From November 1990 until October 1993 he was Commander in Chief of United States Southern Command.
He served as the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) from 1993 to 1997, when he was succeeded by General Wesley Clark.
|1963||Commander in the Infantry: First Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Division||Europe|
|1964||Battalion Operations Officer (S-3): First Battalion, 26th Infantry of the First Division||Vietnam|
|1968||Assistant professor of Military Sciences: Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, IL|
|1971||101st Airborne Division||Vietnam|
|1972||Department of Tactics, United States Military Academy at West Point||West Point, NY|
|1973||Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army||Washington|
|1973||Special Assistant to the President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon||Washington|
|1975||Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe||Europe|
|1975||Commander of the First Battalion of the 26th Infantry||Various|
|1977||Student (and later staff and faculty) at United States Army War College||Pennsylvania|
|1979||Commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division||Germany|
|1981||Division Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division||Various|
|1982||Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff||Arlington, VA|
|1983||Director of Force Development, Department of the Army||Pentagon, Washington, D.C.|
|1985||Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army||Germany|
|1988||Commander of the 3rd Armored Division||Various|
|1989||Commanding General of the V Corps||Various|
|1990||Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command||Panama, El Salvador and other locations|
|1993–1997||Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander||Europe, worldwide|
General Joulwan has also served the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as the Chair Emeritus of the Gourmet Gala Committee. A public park in Pottsville, Pennsylvania was named in his honor.
General Joulwan had a twin brother, James Joseph Joulwan, who died in 2013. General Joulwan is of Syrian heritage. He is married and has eight grandchildren.
|Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Presidential Service Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|26th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)|
|Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster)|
|Bronze Star (with valor device and two oak leaf clusters)|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters)|
|Air Medal (with award numeral 14)|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster)|
|Valorous Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Vietnam Service Medal (with four bronze service star)|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 5)|
|Legion of Honor (Bolivia)|
|Military Order of the White Lion, Second Class (Czech Republic)|
|Gold Medal for Distinguished Service (El Salvador)|
|Légion d'Honneur, Officier (France)|
|Knight Commanders' Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)|
|Hesse Order of Merit (Germany)|
|Cross of Merit of the Armed Forces (Honduras)|
|Commander Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary|
|Grand Officer of the Order of Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Panama)|
|Commander Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland|
|Romanian Emblem of Honor|
|Honour of Merit (Venezuela)|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with three gold stars (Vietnam)|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (Vietnam)|
|Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation (Vietnam)|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal with "1960–"-device (Vietnam)|