George Joulwan

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George Joulwan
George Joulwan, official military photo, 1991.JPEG
George Joulwan
Born (1939-11-16) November 16, 1939 (age 74)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Other work General Dynamics director

George Alfred Joulwan (born November 16, 1939, Pottsville, Pennsylvania) is a retired United States Army general, and is now a businessman. Joulwan, of Lebanese origin, studied at the United States Military Academy and Loyola University Chicago.

He 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. 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 Gen. Wesley Clark.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantry Badge
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
RangerTab TIoH.gif Ranger Tab
US - Presidential Service Badge.png Presidential Service Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star (with valor device and two oak leaf clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters)
Ribbon numeral 1.pngRibbon numeral 4.png Air Medal (with award numeral 14)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
Valorous Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal (with four bronze service star)
Army Service Ribbon
Ribbon numeral 4.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 4)
Legion of Merit of Mariscal Andres de Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
Order of the White Lion (Czech Republic) [1]
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)
Order of Merit (Honduras)
Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary[2]
Grand Officer of the Order of Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Panama)
Commanders’ Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
Honour of Merit (Venezuela)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with three gold stars (Vietnam)
Vietnam Campaign Medal (Vietnam)
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (Vietnam)
Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation with Palm (Vietnam)



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On May 15, 1999, General Joulwan was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Loyola University of Chicago.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Maxwell R. Thurman
United States Southern Command
Succeeded by
Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey
Preceded by
Gen. John Shalikashvili
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)
Succeeded by
Gen. Wesley Clark