Scaparrotti as SACEUR and as commander of EUCOM
|Birth name||Curtis Michael Scaparrotti|
March 5, 1956 |
Logan, Ohio, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1978 – present|
|Commands held||United States European Command
United Nations Command
ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
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.
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.
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).
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.
Early life and education
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.
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.
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.
On October 15, 2010 Scaparrotti assumed command of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) at Fort Lewis, Washington. 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  to June 12, 2012. In July 2012, Scaparrotti took over as Director of the Joint Staff. He was succeeded as I Corps commander by Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown on July 3, 2012.
Awards and decorations
His awards and decorations include:
|Combat Action Badge|
|Expert Infantryman Badge|
|Master Parachutist Badge|
|German Parachutist Badge in bronze|
|Unidentified foreign parachutist badge|
|Joint Staff Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|82nd Airborne Division CSIB|
|325th Infantry Regiment DUI|
|6 Overseas Service Bars|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Curtis Scaparrotti.|
- , U.S. Military Academy, August 4, 2004. Archived December 30, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
- 82nd Airborne assumes command in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Army News, June 4, 2009.
- I Corps Salutes New Leader, Tacoma News Tribune, October 16, 2010.[dead link]
- "Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti". Isaf.nato.int. International Security Assistance Force. July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- "DVIDS — Images — Change of command ceremony [Image 2 of 3]". Dvidshub.net. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- , Stripes.com, August 7, 2013
GEN James D. Thurman
|U.S. Forces Korea, UNC, CFC
GEN Vincent K. Brooks
Gen Philip M. Breedlove
|Commander, United States European Command
Gen Philip M. Breedlove
|Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)