Steven P. Schook

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Steven P. Schook
Born1953
Mount Clemens, Michigan
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
UnitS-3 (Operations), 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment
Assignment Officer, Infantry Branch, United States Army Personnel Command
Commands held2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Chief on the Joint Staff, Conventional War Plans Division, Operational Plans and Interoperability, J-7 (1997-)
Chief on the Joint Staff, Joint Doctrine Division, Operational Plans and Interoperability, J-7 (-2002)
Executive Officer to the Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command
Chief of Staff, III Corps
Assistant Division Commander, 1st Cavalry Division
Director, Human Resources Policy Directorate, HQDA
Chief of Staff, KFOR (Main) in Kosovo (2003-2004)
Commander, SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004)
Commander and Senior Military Representative, NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004-2005)
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2OLC)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC)
NATO Non-Article V Medal
Army Commendation Medal (3OLC)
Army Achievement Medal
Gold Cross of the German Bundeswehr
Other workTechnology Executive
Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo (PDSRSG)

Steven P. Schook (born 1953 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General and former United Nations diplomat.

Military career[edit]

Schook was born and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Military Academy as a Regular Army Infantry officer. After several assignments as an operations and executive officer, he assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry "Garry Owen", 1st Cavalry Division. Upon graduation from the United States Naval War College, he assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).[1]

In 1997 through 2002, Schook served on the Joint Staff and in the United States Army Forces Command. His flag assignments include Chief of Staff, III Corps, and Assistant Division Commander, 1st Cavalry Division. He also served as director at the Human Resources Policy Directorate, HQDA.[1]

From 2003 to 2004, Schook served as Chief of Staff, Kosovo Force (Main), Camp Bondsteel. In 2004, he assumed command of SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004 and 2005, he was appointed to Commander and Senior Military Representative of NATO headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After leaving the Army as Brigadier General in 2005 after 30 years of service, Schook worked as a senior vice president of New Technology Management Inc.[2]

Diplomatic assignments[edit]

On April 19, 2006, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Schook to Principal Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (PDSRSG) in Kosovo.[3] Schook succeeded Lawrence Rossin in that position and worked under SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen and Joachim Rücker.[2] In 2007, Schook came under investigation by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), in response to rumours and allegations including on aggressive behavior, and unprofessional and close relationships with Kosovan Energy Minister Ethem Çeku.[4] According to German news magazine Der Spiegel, OIOS also investigated (unproven) reports that Schook had disclosed the location of a man in a UN witness protection program, who had testified against Ramush Haradinaj.[5] Schook's contract was not extended in December 2007.[6] In January 2008, his predecessor Lawrence Rossin succeeded him as PDSRSG in Kosovo.[7] In May 2008, Schook was cleared of all wrongdoing as OIOS concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct on his part. Currently working in Kosovo as an advisor for Ramush Haradinaj.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brigadier General STEVEN P. SCHOOK". SFOR. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  2. ^ a b "UN Secretary General appoints Steven P. Schook as PDSRSG in Kosovo" (PDF). UNMIK. 2006-04-19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints Steven Schook of United States Principal Deputy Special Representative in Kosovo (SG/A/994)". UNIS. 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2008-04-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Walter Mayr. "The Slow Birth of a Nation". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  6. ^ "UNMIK Deputy Chief Leaves Kosovo". Balkan Insight. 2007-12-18. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  7. ^ "New Deputy Head of UNMIK Named". Balkan Insight. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-04-27.[dead link]