General George W. Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.)
36th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
General George Casey served as the 36th chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 2007 until his retirement in 2011. A 41-year veteran of the U.S. Army, General Casey previously served as the Commander of the multinational force in Iraq from 2004 until 2007, where he commanded the coalition forces that included servicemembers from over 30 countries. Throughout his career, General Casey served in operational assignments in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Southwest Asia, and the United States and he commanded at every level from platoon to Division. His principal staff assignments have been as a chief of staff, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; operations officer and chief of staff, V (US/GE) Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; deputy director for politico-military affairs, joint staff, commander, Joint Warfighting Center/J7, US Joint Forces Command; and director strategic plans and policy, director of the joint staff, and 30th vice chief of staff, U.S. Army. His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.