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Sir John Reith
Born (1948-11-17)17 November 1948
Place of birth Northumberland
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1969 - 2008
Rank General
Commands held 1st Bn The Parachute Regiment
ACE Mobile Force
Chief of Joint Operations
Battles/wars Gulf War
Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir John George Reith KCB, CBE (born 17 November 1948, Northumberland) is a retired British Army general officer who was the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) from October 2004 to October 2007.

Early lifeEdit

Reith attended Eliots Green Grammar School (merged with Vincent Secondary Modern School to become became Northolt High School in 1974) on Eastcote Lane in Northolt.

Military careerEdit

Reith was commissioned into The Parachute Regiment on 19 December 1969.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 19 June 1971 and to captain on 19 December 1975.[2][3] He was further promoted to major on 30 September 1980, lieutenant-colonel on 30 June 1985 and to colonel on 30 June 1989.[4][5][6] Early appointments included 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment as a company commander, tours of Northern Ireland, (for which he was mentioned in despatches on 11 November 1986)[7] command of 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment, and Chief of Staff of the 20 Armoured Brigade, Detmold, West Germany. He was promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1991 (seniority 30 June).[8]

On 1 July 1997 he assumed the appointment of Commander Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land), with the rank of major-general; during this tour he commanded AFOR, the NATO-led multinational deployment to Albania to help resolve the Kosovo refugee crisis.[9] He also negotiated the undertaking by the KLA to disarm during the closing stages of the crisis. In January 2000 he assumed the post of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Policy) in the Ministry of Defence central staff.[10]

In August 2001, he was appointed Chief of Joint Operations at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood, and was promoted to lieutenant-general on 6 August.[11] During this 3 year appointment, he was the UK joint commander for all world wide UK overseas operations including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Sierra Leone. Reith gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry on 15 January 2010 regarding this role.[12]

Promoted to the acting rank of general in 2003, on 1 October 2004, General Reith assumed the appointment of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and was promoted to the substantive rank of general.[13] He retired from this post in October 2007,[14] and retired from the army the following 4 March.[15]

Reith was appointed an OBE on 31 October 1989 for service in Northern Ireland [16] and advanced to CBE in the 1991 Birthday Honours list.[17] For his service in Yugoslavia, Reith was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service on 22 November 1994.[18] He was appointed a CB in 2000[19] and was knighted KCB on 31 October 2003 for services during the invasion of Iraq.[20]

OtherEdit

He is the chairman of the board of governors of Millfield School in Somerset.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45037. p. 1661. 10 February 1970. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45404. p. 6643. 22 June 1971. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46769. p. 16298. 23 December 1975. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48360. p. 15273. 4 November 1980. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50204. p. 10107. 23 July 1985. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51805. p. 8085. 11 July 1989. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50711. p. 14520. 11 November 1986. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52850. p. 3791. 3 March 1992. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54820. p. 7550. 1 July 1997. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55735. p. 463. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56295. p. 9327. 7 August 2001. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  12. "Iraq inquiry hears evidence behind closed doors". BBC News. BBC. 15 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8462822.stm. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57441. p. 13157. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  14. Senior Officer Appointments
  15. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58629. p. 3350. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51920. p. 12517. 31 October 1989. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  17. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52588. p. 24. 29 June 1991. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  18. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53855. p. 16324. 21 November 1994. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  19. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55711. p. 41. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  20. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57100. p. 9. 31 October 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  21. General (Ret’d) Sir John Reith, KCB, CB

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Military offices
Preceded by
Admiral Sir Ian Garnett
Chief of Joint Operations
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy
Preceded by
Rainer Feist
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
2004–2007
Succeeded by
General Sir John McColl

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