Curtis Scaparrotti

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Curtis Scaparrotti
Scaparrotti EUCOM.jpg
Scaparrotti as SACEUR and as commander of EUCOM
Birth name Curtis Michael Scaparrotti
Nickname(s) "Mike"
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956 (age 60)
Logan, Ohio, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1978 – present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands held United States European Command
SACEUR
United Nations Command
ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
I Corps
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command
82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Operation Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda)
Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Operation Assured Response (Liberia)
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Army Commendation Medal (5)
Army Achievement Medal

Curtis Michael "Mike" Scaparrotti (born March 5, 1956) is a four-star general in the United States Army, and is the current Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations. Scaparrotti is also the commander of the United States European Command. He succeeded General Philip M. Breedlove on May 3, 2016 at EUCOM and on May 4 as SACEUR.[1][2]

Scaparrotti recently served as the Director of the Joint Staff. Prior to his tour with the Joint Staff, General Scaparrotti served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, the Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division.[3]

In addition, Scaparrotti has served in key leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic level of the United States military to include Director of Operations, United States Central Command and as the 69th Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy. He has commanded forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda), Joint Endeavour (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Assured Response (Liberia).[4]

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Education from the University of South Carolina.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Logan, Ohio, Scaparrotti began his career after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1978.

Career[edit]

His initial duty assignments were as a rifle and anti-tank platoon leader, operations officer and company commander in 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In 1984, Scaparrotti completed the infantry officer advanced course at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by studies in Administrative Education at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Master of Education degree.

He returned to West Point in 1985 where he was assigned as a tactical officer and the superintendent’s aide-de-camp until 1988.

After his assignment here, he continued his military studies at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

By July 1989, Scaparrotti went on to serve with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York, where he was the operations officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment and then moved to division headquarters as the chief of the operations branch.

From 1992 to 1994, he worked in Washington, D.C., at the Army Total Personnel Command and the Army Chief of Staff's office.

In May 1994, Scaparrotti took command of 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Combat Team, Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy, and in that time he commanded the battalion during Operations Support Hope in Zaire/Rwanda, Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Assured Response in Liberia.

Scaparrotti returned to Fort Drum in 1996 as the 10th Mountain Division’s operations officer and from there he continued his studies at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

He served as the chief of Army Initiatives Group in the Deputy Chief of Staff’s Office for Plans and Operations in Washington, D. C. in 1998.

By 1999, Scaparrotti returned to Fort Bragg to command the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division before he moved on to serve as the assistant deputy director for Joint Operations on the Joint Staff, Washington, D. C., from 2001 to 2003.

From July 2003 to July 2004, Scaparrotti served as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 1st Armored Division during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

From August 2004 to July 2006, Scaparrotti served as the 69th Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy, at West Point, New York.[6]

Thereafter, he was assigned as the Director of Operations (J3) for United States Central Command, providing oversight to all military operations throughout the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and also including operations in Somalia, at a critical phase in those missions.

Scaparrotti assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division on October 1, 2008 and deployed the headquarters to Eastern Afghanistan where he served as the Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force 82 and Regional Command East.[7]

On October 15, 2010 Scaparrotti assumed command of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) at Fort Lewis, Washington.[8] While serving as I Corps commander, Scaparrotti served concurrently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan from July 11, 2011 [9] to June 12, 2012.[10] In July 2012, Scaparrotti took over as Director of the Joint Staff.[11] He was succeeded as I Corps commander by Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown on July 3, 2012.[12]

In August 2013, Scaparrotti took over command of U.S. forces in South Korea, replacing General James D. Thurman.[13]

Awards and decorations[edit]

His awards and decorations include:[14]

Combat Action Badge.svg  Combat Action Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg  Expert Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg  Ranger tab
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg  Master Parachutist Badge
Fallschirmspringerabzeichen der Bundeswehr in Bronze.jpg  German Parachutist Badge in bronze
No free image.png  Unidentified foreign parachutist badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg  Joint Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png  Army Staff Identification Badge
Coat of arms SHAPE.png  SACEUR Badge
82nd Airborne Division CSIB.png  82nd Airborne Division CSIB
325InfRegtDUI.png  325th Infantry Regiment DUI
ArmyOSB.jpg  6 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia with two bronze service stars
Tong-il Security Medel Ribbon.png Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal (Republic of Korea)

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
GEN James D. Thurman
U.S. Forces Korea, UNC, CFC
2013–2016
Succeeded by
GEN Vincent K. Brooks
Preceded by
Gen Philip M. Breedlove
Commander, United States European Command
2016–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gen Philip M. Breedlove
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)
2016–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent