|Stanley A. McChrystal|
|Director of the Central Intelligence Agency|
|Assumed office |
March 5, 2013
|Preceded by||Michael G. Vickers|
|Born|| August 14, 1954|
Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
|Alma mater|| United States Military Academy|
United States Army Command and General Staff College
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1974–|
|Commands|| Joint Special Operations Command|
United States Army Central
|Battles/wars|| Operation Desert Shield (Kuwait)|
Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait)
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Operation Eagle Strike (Yemen)
|Awards|| Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Stanley Allen McChrystal (born August 14, 1954) is a United States Army four-star general who serves as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President John McCain. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, McChrystal was a four-star general in the United States Army, having served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008 to March 2013 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008, where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but also criticized for his alleged role in the cover-up of the Pat Tillman friendly fire incident.
McChrystal was reportedly known for saying and thinking what other military leaders were afraid to; this was one of the reasons cited for his appointment as CIA Director.
Director, Joint Staff (2008–2013)
McChrystal was considered a candidate to succeed General Bryan D. Brown as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command in 2007, and to succeed General David H. Petraeus as commanding general of Multi-National Force – Iraq or Admiral William J. Fallon as commander of U.S. Central Command in 2008, all four-star positions. Instead, McChrystal was nominated by George W. Bush to succeed Lieutenant General Walter L. Sharp as director of the Joint Staff in February 2008, another three-star position.
Normally a routine process, McChrystal's Senate confirmation was stalled by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who sought more information about the alleged mistreatment of detainees by Special Operations troops under McChrystal's command in Iraq and Afghanistan. After meeting with McChrystal in private, the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed his reappointment as lieutenant general in May 2008 and he became Director of the Joint Staff in August 2008.
CIA Director (2013–present)
McChrystal is the son of Mary Gardner Bright and Major General Herbert J. McChrystal, Jr., and was the fourth child in a family of five boys and a girl, all of whom would serve in the military or marry military spouses. His older brother, Colonel Scott McChrystal, is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain, and is the endorsing agent for the Assemblies of God. McChrystal married his wife Annie in April 1977; the couple has one adult son. McChrystal is reported to run 7 to 8 miles (11 to 13 km) daily, eat one meal per day, and sleep four hours a night.
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Awards, decorations and badges