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Charles B. Eichelberger
LTG Charles B. Eichelberger
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Charles B. Eichelberger was an officer in the United States Army.

From November 22, 1989 to September 30, 1991, Eichelberger, then a Lieutenant General, served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army.[1]

General Eichelberger is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame[2] and a graduate of Georgia Military College.

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Eichelberger, Charles B., Lt. Gen. [Member of MI Hall of Fame.] He entered the U.S. Army commissioned officer ranks from Infantry Officer Candidate School on January 18, 1957. He started his career in Military Intelligence as a platoon commander, and served at every level of command available to an MI officer. Additionally he served at the joint level several times, including duty as the J2, CENTCOM. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, United States Army Europe, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence Headquarters, Department of the Army. He culminated his active duty career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army. During the period 1989 through October 1991, he was faced with three monumental crises—Operation JUST CAUSE, the conflict in Panama; operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; and the resulting build down of U.S. Forces. In preparing for operation JUST CAUSE, Lt. Gen. Eichelberger was faced with the challenge of establishing national intelligence coordination. As a result he was able to graphically portray a very intricate enemy situation from a small data base. As the Army’s senior intelligence officer during operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM, Lt. Gen. Eichelberger exercised brilliant initiative by providing the best intelligence field commanders have ever experienced in support of ground operations. He helped introduce prototype intelligence systems into the Kuwaiti theater of operations; coordinated the training of Kuwaiti students in the U.S. in order to employthem in direct support of Intelligence, Military Police and Psychological Operations units; provided the best qualified personnel from around the globe to in-country intelligence staffs; and kept the Army staff fully informed in near real time. In the process he established new standards by which all future operations will be judged. Lt. Gen. Eichelberger, as part of the Military Intelligence Board and National Foreign Intelligence Board, was instrumental in analyzing the collapse of Communism, its impact on world society and economics, and its effect on the reduction of US. Army military strengths. As a result of his actions, arguments and presentations, many of the proposals to reduce the size of Military Intelligence capabilities to below adequate operating levels, were reversed or revised. If the proposals had been allowed to go unchallenged, they would have decimated Army intelligence capabilities for the future. He was named the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence in November 1989, after a year’s service as the assistant deputy chief of staff in that office. From June 1986 to November 1988, he was deputy chief of staff for intelligence for U.S. Army, Europe, and Seventh Army. Gen. Eichelberger has been an intelligence officer throughout his 34-year career, which began with his commissioning through officer candidate school in 1957. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, with a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Army War College. In the 1950s and 1960s, Gen. Eichelberger served in signal and communications intelligence units of the former Army Security Agency (ASA) in Hawaii, the continental United States, Europe, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam, where he commanded the Army Security Agency 3d Radio Research Unit in 1962. He has been an instructor in cryptology at the Army Intelligence School, and commanded the 313th Army Security Agency Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, during 1971 to 1973. In the mid-1970s, Gen. Eichelberger was assigned to a succession of intelligence posts in Hawaii, with U.S. Army, Pacific, and the U.S. Pacific Command. During 1978 to 1980, he was commander of the Berlin Field Station of the Army Intelligence and Security Command, then served two years in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, as chief of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Electronic Warfare Division. Gen. Eichelberger was deputy commandant of the Army Intelligence School from October 1982 to July 1984, before a two-year tour as director for intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Central Command.

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