Vigleik Eide

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Vigleik Eide
Born (1933-12-04)4 December 1933
Fana, Norway
Died 30 October 2011(2011-10-30) (aged 77)
Oppegård, Norway
Allegiance Norway
Service/branch Norwegian Army seal Norwegian Army
Years of service 1954–1993
Rank General
Awards Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
Other work Ambassador to Lebanon and Syria

Vigleik Eide (4 December 1933 – 30 October 2011) was a Norwegian diplomat and military officer, a General in the Norwegian Army who served two years as Chief of Defence of Norway, and four years as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

Personal life[edit]

Eide was born in Fana as the son of Ivar Vigleiksson Eide and Serina B. Oma. He married Aase Nyhuus in 1962.[1] He died in October 2011.[2]

Career[edit]

Eide graduated from the Norwegian Military Academy (Norwegian: Krigsskolen) in 1957, and later education included studes at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr and the NATO Defense College.[1] He was a colonel in the Norwegian Army from 1980 to 1985. He was Major General and District Commander of Vestlandet from 1985 to 1986, and Lieutenant General and Head of Command of Northern Norway from 1986 to 1987.[3] He served as Chief of Defence of Norway from 1987 to 1989.[4] He served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 1989 to 1993. During this period a closer cooperation between NATO and members of the Warsaw Pact was initiated.[1]

From 1993 he had various international assignments, and participated in the peace negotiations in Guatemala in 1994, and in the former Yugoslavia from 1995 to 1996 (the Dayton Agreement).[1] He was the Norwegian Ambassador to Lebanon and Syria from 1998 to 2001.[3][4]

Eide was decorated Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1987.[1] He also became a Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit in 1989.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Moland, Arnfinn. "Vigleik Eide". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Kolberg, Aud (10 November 2011). "Vigleik Eide (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ a b "Vigleik Eide". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Forsvarssjefen" (in Norwegian). www.mil.no. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Fredrik Bull-Hansen
Chief of Defence of Norway
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Torolf Rein
Preceded by
Wolfgang Altenburg
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill