|Montgomery Cunningham Meigs|
General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs as 31st Commander of United States Army Europe (c. 2002)
January 11, 1945 |
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–2002|
|Commands held||7th Army
1st Armored Division
3rd Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
|Relations||Montgomery C. Meigs (Civil War general)|
|Other work||Professor at Syracuse University and Georgetown University, CEO of Business Executives for National Security|
Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (born January 11, 1945) is a retired United States Army General. He is named for his great-great-great-granduncle, Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, the father of Arlington National Cemetery.
Early life and education
He graduated from the Holderness School Holderness, New Hampshire in 1965 and went on to United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he graduated in 1967. He served as a cavalry troop commander in the Vietnam War with the 9th Infantry Division. After study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a year at the Army's Command and General Staff College, he taught in the History Department at West Point and spent the 1981–82 academic year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He received his PhD in history from Wisconsin in 1982 before reporting to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as its executive officer. In 1984, General Meigs commanded the 1st Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following a stint at the National War College as an Army Fellow, he worked as a strategic planner on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. for three years. Returning to Germany, he assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division on September 26, 1990 and commanded it through Desert Storm. He subsequently commanded the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr and served as Chief of Staff of V Corps and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the U.S. Army, Europe, and 7th Army. General Meigs commanded the 3rd Infantry Division from July 1995 until its reflagging as the 1st Infantry Division in February 1996. In October 1996, he deployed with the 1st Infantry Division to Bosnia, serving nine months in command of NATO's Multi-National Division (North) in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard.
He commanded the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina from October 23, 1998 to October 1999, concurrent with his command of U.S. Army Europe/7th Army. After Meigs left active military service, he was a professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and served as a military consultant to The Pentagon.
He is currently Visiting Professor of Strategy and Military Operations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In December 2007, he left his previous position as the director of the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).
Starting January 1, 2010, he is the president and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a national security public interest group.
Awards and decorations
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Bronze Star with V Device
- Purple Heart
- Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 2002
- Biography from nato.int
- Official U.S. Army bio
- Official Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization web site
- "General Montgomery C. Meigs Joins Faculty"
- Meigs Family papers at Hagley Museum and Library The collection contains the personal papers of many of his predecessors.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
Leonard D. Holder, Jr.
|Commandants of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
August 7, 1997 – October 22, 1998
William M. Steele
Eric K. Shinseki
|Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
November 10, 1998 to December 3, 2002
Burwell B. Bell III