|U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||December 6, 2008|
|Confirmed||January 20, 2009|
|Appointed||January 21, 2009|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|High school||Kauai High School|
|Bachelor's||United States Military Academy|
|Other||Armor Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College|
|Service/branch||Army Chief of Staff|
|Years of service||1999-2003|
|Citations||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Army Distinguished Service Medal
|Service branch||Army Vice Chief of Staff|
|Years of service||1998-1999|
|Birthday||November 28, 1942|
|Place of birth||Lihue, Hawaii|
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.
Shinseki was born in Lihue, Hawaii, where he attended Kauai High School. 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. He served in Vietnam and Bosnia and was injured twice in combat.
- 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."
Shinseki is married with two children.
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- Official biography
- Real Clear Politics, "Senate Confirms 6 cabinet secretaries," January 20, 2008
- Washington Post, "Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms," December 6, 2008
- U.S. News and World Report, "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gen. Eric Shinseki," December 18, 2008
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Eric K. Shinseki," accessed December 31, 2013
- Project VoteSmart, "Eric Shinseki biography," accessed December 31, 2013
James B. Peake
|U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
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