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Eric Shinseki

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Eric Shinseki
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U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Elections and appointments
NominatedDecember 6, 2008
ConfirmedJanuary 20, 2009
AppointedJanuary 21, 2009
Appointed byBarack Obama
Education
High schoolKauai High School
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy
Master'sDuke University
OtherArmor Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College
Military service
Service/branchArmy Chief of Staff
Years of service1999-2003
CitationsDefense Distinguished Service Medal

Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (x2)
Bronze Star (x3)
Purple Heart (x2)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal

Army Commendation Medal (x2)
Service branchArmy Vice Chief of Staff
Years of service1998-1999
Personal
BirthdayNovember 28, 1942
Place of birthLihue, Hawaii
ProfessionMilitary commander
Websites
Office website
Eric Ken Shinseki (b. November 28, 1942, in Lihue, Hawaii) is the current United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009, by a voice vote.[1]

Shinseki previously served in the United States Army for 38 years, as well as sitting on the boards of military contracting companies Ducommun and Honeywell and Hawaiian companies Grove Farm Corp and First Hawaiian Bank.[2]

Biography

Shinseki was born in Lihue, Hawaii, where he attended Kauai High School.[3] He graduated from the United States Military Academy before beginning his 38 year military career. During his service, Shinseki earned his M.A. from Duke University.[4] He served in Vietnam and Bosnia and was injured twice in combat.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Shinseki's academic, professional and political career:[5][4][2]

  • 1965: Graduated from the United States Military Academy
  • 1965-1966: Second Lieutenant of Artillery in the United States Army in Vietnam
  • 1967-1968: Assistant Secretary and Secretary to the General Staff in the United States Army in Hawaii
  • 1969-1970: Commander of the Troop A, 3d Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment in the United States Army in Vietnam
  • 1976: Earned M.A. from Duke University
  • 1984-1985: Commander of the First Calvary Division
  • 1989-1990: G-3 for the VII US Corps
  • 1996-1997: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in the United States Army
  • 1997-1998: Commanding General in the United States Army
  • 1998-1999: Vice Chief of Staff for the United States Army
  • 1999-2003: Chief of Staff for the United States Army
  • 2008-Present: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Note: Some assignments were not given a timeline, including Shinseki's service as: "Commander, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; Deputy Chief of Staff, Support for Allied Land Forces Southern Europe; Assistant Division Commander-Maneuver, 3rd Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Cavalry Division."[4]

Confirmation vote

Shinseki was confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009, by a voice vote.[1]

Personal

Shinseki is married with two children.[3]

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Preceded by
James B. Peake
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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