Charles T. Cleveland

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Charles T. Cleveland
Charles T. Cleveland.jpg
Born (1956-03-10) March 10, 1956 (age 67)
California, United States
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1978–2015
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldUnited States Army Special Operations Command
10th Special Forces Group
Battles/warsIraq War
Operation Just Cause
Operation Joint Endeavor
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Charles Thomas Cleveland (born March 10, 1956) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was the commander of the United States Army Special Operations Command (2012–2015). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, class of 1978. Cleveland previously served as commanding officer of the US Army 10th Special Forces Group from 2001 to 2003, leading the initial invasion into northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Chief of Staff, and as Deputy Commander of the Army Special Operations Command followed by duty as commander of Special Operations Command South from 2005 to 2008. Cleveland served as Special Operations Command Central from 2008 to 2011. He retired from the U.S. Army in August 2015. [1][2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

CIB2.png Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
Image4246.gifMaster Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
Einzelbild Special Forces (Special Forces Insignia).svg Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
No free image.png Chilean Master Parachutist Badge
United States Army Special Forces CSIB.svg 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Combat Service Identification Badge
SpecialForces Badge.svg 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 7 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 2.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
Bronze star
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia with service star


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2015-05-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. Association of Graduates.

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