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Stanley A. McChrystal
Gen. Stanley McChrystal USFOR-Y.jpg
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Assumed office
March 5, 2013
President John McCain
Preceded by Michael G. Vickers
Personal details
Born August 14, 1954 (1954-08-14) (age 62)
Flag of New York Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Spouse(s) Annie McChrystal
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Ranger School
United States Army Command and General Staff College
Princeton University
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1974–
Rank US-O10 insignia General
Commands JSOC Emblem Joint Special Operations Command

US3ASSI United States Army Central
75th Ranger Regiment Coat Of Arms 75th Ranger Regiment
75th Ranger Regiment Coat Of Arms 2nd Battalion, 5th Ranger Regiment
504th PIR Coat of Arms 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry
75th Ranger Regiment Coat Of Arms 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
19th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms A Company, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment
7th Special Forces Group Detachment A, A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
504th PIR Coat of Arms C Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry

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 ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star

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)

Personal life

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.

Dates of rank

Dates of Rank
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insigniaGeneral (GEN)June 15, 2009
US-O9 insigniaLieutenant General (LTG)February 16, 2006
US-O8 insigniaMajor General (MG)May 1, 2004
US-O7 insigniaBrigadier General (BG)January 1, 2001
US-O6 insigniaColonel (COL)September 1, 1996
US-O5 insigniaLieutenant Colonel (LTC)September 1, 1992
US-O4 insigniaMajor (MAJ)July 1, 1987
US-O3 insigniaCaptain (CPT)August 1, 1980
US-OF1AFirst Lieutenant (1LT)June 2, 1978
US-OF1BSecond Lieutenant (2LT)June 2, 1976

Awards, decorations and badges

U.S. military decorations
Defense Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg
Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal ribbon Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal ribbon Army Achievement Medal
U.S. unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award
U.S. service (campaign) medals and service and training ribbons
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service ribbon.svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal ribbon Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service ribbon Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon Army Service Ribbon
Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Foreign military decorations
Naut Tahrir al-Kuwait Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
(Naut Tahrir al-Kuwait − نوط تحرير الكويت‎)
Wisam Al-Tahrir Medal ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
Expert Infantryman Badge Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge Master Parachutist Badge
U.S. Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Ranger Tab Ranger Tab
Special Forces Tab Special Forces Tab
Foreign badges
Wings badge British Parachutist Badge

See also

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