Charles H. Swannack Jr.
|Charles H. Swannack Jr.|
Major General Charles Swannack Jr. (retired)
|Years of service||1979-2006|
|Commands held||82nd Airborne Division|
|Battles/wars||Iraq War, Panama (Operation Just Cause)|
Swannack is a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a lieutenant colonel in the late 1980s, Swannack commanded the 2nd battalion (2/9) of the 9th Infantry Regiment garrisoned at Fort Ord, California. During his command, the unit deployed as part of the 7th Infantry Division (Light) for Operation Just Cause in Panama.
On February 12, 2004 Fallujah insurgents attacked a convoy carrying Swannack and General John Abizaid, commander of US forces in the Middle East, firing on the vehicles from nearby rooftops with RPGs, after seemingly infiltrating the Iraqi security forces.
Swannack's last position within the Army was Deputy Commanding General of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. Prior to this assignment he served as the commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. His last rank was major general. On April 13, 2006, and after retirement, Swannack called for the dismissal of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In an interview with The New York Times, Swannack said:
We need to continue to fight the global war on terror and keep it off our shores, But I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war based on his absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq.
Swannack is the Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Logistics, Inc.
- More Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation, New York Times, April 13, 2006 - mirror
- Attack on Fallujah police highlights lack of US control in Iraq
- ://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/14/iraq.rumsfeld/ Bush: Rumsfeld 'exactly what is needed': Statement of support follows chorus of criticism from generals], CNN, April 14, 2006
- Retired Maj. General: 'We need a new secretary of defense', CNN, April 14, 2006
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