General George Joulwan
|Born||November 16, 1939|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
George Alfred Joulwan (born November 16, 1939, Pottsville, Pennsylvania) is a retired United States Army general who served for 36 years. He finished his military career as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR) in 1997.
As the Supreme Allied Commander, he conducted over 20 operations in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. When the United States sent forces into Bosnia in the 1990s, General Joulwan played the leading role in troop deployment, earning praise by President Clinton upon Joulwan's retirement.
As SACEUR, General Joulwan created a strategic policy for the United States military engagement in Africa, which was the first time in U.S. history that such a policy had been crafted.
George Joulwan earned his college degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, he played football and basketball, earning two varsity letters as a football lineman. Later in his career, General Joulwan earned a master's degree from Loyola University (Chicago) in political science.
General Joulwan served from June 1966 to November 1967 and from June 1971 to January 1972 in Vietnam. He attended the Army War College, and served on the Staff and Faculty until 1979. He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), from June 1979 to September 1981, when he became Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division.
From November 1990 until October 1993 he was Commander in Chief of United States Southern Command.
|1963||Commander in the Infantry: First Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Division||Europe|
|1964||Battalion Operations Officer (S-3): First Battalion, 26th Infantry of the First Division||Vietnam|
|1968||Assistant professor of Military Sciences: Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, IL|
|1971||101st Airborne Division||Vietnam|
|1972||Department of Tactics, United States Military Academy at West Point||West Point, NY|
|1973||Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army||Washington|
|1973||Special Assistant to the President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon||Washington|
|1975||Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe||Europe|
|1975||Commander of the First Battalion of the 26th Infantry||Various|
|1977||Student (and later staff and faculty) at United States Army War College||Pennsylvania|
|1979||Commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division||Germany|
|1981||Division Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division||Various|
|1982||Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff||Arlington, VA|
|1983||Director of Force Development, Department of the Army||Pentagon, Washington, D.C.|
|1985||Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army||Germany|
|1988||Commander of the 3rd Armored Division||Various|
|1989||Commanding General of the V Corps||Various|
|1990||Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command||Panama, El Salvador and other locations|
|1993–1997||Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander||Europe, worldwide|
His other post-military positions have included:
- President of Team One, a consulting firm
- Senior Advisor of Global USA Inc, a government relations and consulting firm
- Board member for General Dynamics Corporation
- Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point
- Member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Military Academy
He has also served as a military analyst for Fox News Channel. Notably, he appeared on Fox News Sunday a few weeks after September 11, 2001, with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Senate Armed Forces chairman Carl Levin to discuss his experience in war planning and the American military's planning with regards to Afghanistan.
Citizenship and philanthropy
General Joulwan had a twin brother, James Joseph Joulwan, who died in 2013. General Joulwan is of Lebanese heritage. He is married and has eight grandchildren. George comes from a distinguished military family. His father fought with the US Navy in WWI, and his cousin fought with the US ARMY in WWII and was captured twice.
Awards and decorations
|Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Expert Infantry Badge|
|Presidential Service Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|26th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
- Dyer, Thomas B. "2002 Distinguished Graduate Award: GEN George A. Joulwan '61". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Text: Andrew Card on 'Fox News Sunday'". The Washington Post. September 30, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Statement on the Retirement of General George A. Joulwan, USA". The American Presidency Project. Gerhard Peters – The American Presidency Project. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "People: Emergent BioSolutions Inc (EBS.N)". Reuters. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- Haig, Alexander (September 1, 1992). Inner Circles: How America Changed the World : A Memoir. Grand Central Publisher.
- "Arab-Americans in the United States Military". Arab-American Business and Professional Association. July 4, 2019. Archived from the original on November 11, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
- "Resume of Service Career of George Alfred Joulwan, General". BosniaLINK. Defense Technical Information Center, U.S. Department of Defense. Archived from the original on June 20, 2005. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "2014 Gourmet Gala Committee". St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memphis, Tennessee. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Governor Rendell Makes Investment In Pottsville; Delivers On Promise to Redevelop Downtown". Free Online Library. Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania: Farlex, Inc. October 14, 2005. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Military Hall of Honor: George Alfred Joulwan, General, U.S. Army". Militaryhallofhonor.
- "Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander's Journey To His Ancestors' Lebanon". Washington Report.
- "Order of the White Lion". old.hrad.cz/index_uk.html. President of the Czech Republic. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- "NATO'S EUROPEAN COMMANDER DECORATED IN HUNGARY". Friends & Partners; Linking US-Russia Across the Internet. Natasha Bulashova, Greg Cole. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- Biography at United States Military Academy
- George Joulwan historical news archives at The New York Times
- Profile at Forbes
- The General George Joulwan East Side Park in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
- "The New NATO: Building Stability, Democracy, and Peace Through Cooperation" article by General Joulwan at the Center for Strategic Decision Research
- Appearances on C-SPAN