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Eric Shinseki

Eric Shinseki
Personal data
Date of birthNovember 28, 1942(age 73)
Place of birthLihue, Territory of Hawaii
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
Duke University
United States Army Command and General Staff College
National War College
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1965 2003
CommandsArmy Chief of Staff
1st Cavalry Division
3rd Infantry Division
Seventh United States Army
Allied Land Forces Central Europe
NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina
9th Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
5th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsVietnam War
Bosnian War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (3)
Purple Heart (2)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)
7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Assumed officeJanuary 21, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyScott Gould
Preceded byJames Peake
34th Chief of Staff of the United States Army
In officeJune 21, 1999 - June 11, 2003
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Succeeded byPeter Schoomaker
Preceded byDennis Reimer
28th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
In officeNovember 24, 1998 - June 21, 1999
PresidentBill Clinton
Succeeded byJohn Keane
Preceded byWilliam Crouch

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Eric Ken Shinseki (-enʃɨnˈsɛkipron; born November 28, 1942) is a retired United States Army four-star general who is currently serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His final U.S. Army post was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army (1999 2003). He is a veteran of combat in Vietnam, having been left with a maimed foot.

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