Peter W. Chiarelli

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Peter W. Chiarelli
GEN Peter W Chiarelli.jpg
Born (1950-03-23) March 23, 1950 (age 71)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1972–2012
RankUS Army O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands heldVice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
1st Cavalry Division
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star

Peter William Chiarelli[1] (born March 23, 1950)[2] is a retired United States Army general who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from August 4, 2008 to January 31, 2012. He also served as commander, Multi-National Corps – Iraq under General George W. Casey, Jr.. He was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2007 to August 2008. He retired from the U.S. Army on January 31, 2012 after nearly 40 years of service, and was succeeded as Vice Chief of Staff by Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III.

Early life and education[edit]

Chiarelli was born in Seattle, Washington on March 23, 1950 and graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1968.[1] He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Seattle University Army ROTC. Chiarelli was commissioned a second lieutenant in September 1972. Throughout his career, he has served in Army units in the United States, Germany, and Belgium. He has commanded at every level from platoon to corps.


His first assignments were with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, including: support platoon leader for 3rd Squadron (Air), 5th Cavalry Regiment; squadron assistant intelligence staff officer (S-2); squadron intelligence staff officer (S-2); troop executive officer; and troop commander.[3]

Chiarelli's principal staff assignments were Operations Officer (G-3), 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Assistant and, later, Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander, Commander United States European Command at SHAPE Headquarters, Mons, Belgium; and the Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization (G-3/5/7) at Headquarters, Department of the Army.

He commanded a motorized infantry battalion (2nd BN 1st INF) and the 199th Infantry Brigade, a separate motorized brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington; served as the assistant division commander for support in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; served as commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, and led it both in the Iraq War and during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; and served as commanding general of Multi-National Corps – Iraq.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Seattle University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts degree in national security strategy from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Chiarelli has worked to reduce suicide rates in the Army. Out of concerns for stigma, he began using the term posttraumatic stress, dropping the word "disorder" from the medical name posttraumatic stress disorder. His term had subsequently become standard use in the armed forces, but was not taken up by the medical community. The name "posttraumatic stress injury" has been proposed by some psychiatrists in 2012, and is endorsed by Chiarelli.[4]

Chiarelli is currently CEO of One Mind, which is dedicated to benefiting all affected by brain illness and injury through fostering fundamental changes – using open science principles and creating global public-private partnerships among governmental, corporate, scientific and philanthropic communities – that will radically accelerate the development and implementation of improved diagnostics, treatments and cures – while eliminating the stigma that comes with mental illness. [5]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
1st Cavalry Division CSIB.png 1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
33rd Armor Regiment (insignia).jpg 33rd Armor Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia[6]
ArmyOSB.svg 4 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three bronze oak leaf clusters)
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with four bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg Army Superior Unit Award
USA - DOS Distinguished Honor Award.png Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon (with bronze award numeral "4")
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Yugoslavia
EST Distinguished Service Decoration of the EDF.png Estonian Distinguished Service Decoration of the Defense Forces (military version)
CO Achievement Ribbon.jpg Unidentified
Noribbon.svg Unidentified

The Hero of Military Medicine Award was presented May 4, 2011, to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli for his efforts to help Soldiers with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) presented the award at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., during a HJF Center for Public-Private Partnerships (CP3) event.


  1. ^ a b Grizzly. Seattle, Washington: Queen Anne High School. 1968. p. 90.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  3. ^ Association of 3rd Armored Division Veterans, Biography, Peter W. Chiarelli Archived 2017-01-11 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved June 17, 2014
  4. ^
  5. ^ One Mind, About Us: Staff Biography, Pete Chiarelli, retrieved January 15, 2016
  6. ^

External links[edit]

This article contains information from the United States Army and is in the public domain.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cloud, David; Greg Jaffe (2009). The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army. Random House.
  • Fred Kaplan, "The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War," Simon & Schuster, 2013

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Military offices
Preceded by
Richard Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Succeeded by
Lloyd Austin