24 July 2011

GEN(R) Shalikashvili Dies

Former Chairman of the JCS, GEN(R) Shalikashvili, has died at age 75.

Retired General John Shalikashvili, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1990s, has died. He was 75.
The Polish-born Shalikashvili, who was 75, came to the United States as a teenager and rose to become the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military.
"The United States has lost a genuine soldier-statesman whose extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless possibilities that are open to those who choose to serve it," President Barack Obama said in a statement Saturday.
Shalikashvili served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, heading the U.S. role in NATO air strikes on Bosnian Serb military targets in 1995.

Official statements from Adm. Mike Mullen and Secretary Panetta have also been released.

By: Brant

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