General Hugh Shelton (Ret.)

General Henry Hugh Shelton has 37 years of experience in a variety of military command and staff positions in the continental United States, Hawaii, and two combat tours in Vietnam - the first with the 5th Special Forces Group, the second with the 173d Airborne Brigade. He also commanded the 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington, served as the 9th Infantry Division's Chief of Staff for operations, commanded the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was the Chief of Staff of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.

Selected for promotion for brigadier general in 1988, General Shelton served two years in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff. In 1989, he began a two-year assignment as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during which he participated in the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. After the Gulf War, General Shelton was promoted to major general and assumed command of the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. In 1993, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps. In 1994, during his tenure as Corps commander, General Shelton led the United States Joint Task Force that restored democracy in Haiti. In March 1996, he was promoted to General and became Commander in Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

General Shelton became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997, and served two 2-year terms. Throughout his tenure as Chairman, he worked tirelessly on behalf of service members, their families and military retirees by championing a number of landmark quality of life initiatives, including the largest pay raise in 18 years, pay table and bonus reform, and critical improvements in both retirement and healthcare programs. He made great strides in improving the readiness and retention of the current force while simultaneously crafting Joint Vision 2020, the roadmap for the Future Joint Force. General Shelton also established Joint Forces Command to consolidate joint experimentation efforts and guide the transformation of the U.S. armed forces for the 21st Century.

General Shelton received a Bachelor's Degree in Textiles from North Carolina State

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