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Montgomery Cunningham Meigs
General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs as 31st Commander of United States Army Europe (c. 2002)
Born January 11, 1945(1945-01-11) (age 75)
Place of birth Annapolis, Maryland
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1967–2002
Rank US Army O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands held 7th Army
1st Armored Division
3rd Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division

Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War

Bosnian War

Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Relations Montgomery C. Meigs (Civil War general)
Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (1919–1944) WW2 tank commander
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, and for his father Lt. Col. Montgomery Meigs who was a World War 2 tank commander killed in action one month before Gen. Meigs was born.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

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.

Career[edit | edit source]

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Meigs visiting a coalition basecamp in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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[edit | edit source]

His awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star with V device, and the Purple Heart.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Leonard D. Holder, Jr.
Commandants of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
August 7, 1997 – October 22, 1998
Succeeded by
William M. Steele
Preceded by
Eric K. Shinseki
Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
November 10, 1998 to December 3, 2002
Succeeded by
Burwell B. Bell III

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