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InformationEdit

Basic Information
Born August 24, 1949
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Spouse
Alma mater
Nickname
Nationality
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/service

Service #

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Position Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Military Career
3rd US Armored Division C Company, 1st Battalion,
36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Platoon Leader Germany 01.00.1972 00.00.0000
3rd US Armored Division C Company, 1st Battalion,
36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Assistant S-3 Germany 00.00.0000 06.00.1974
3rd US Armored Division Combat Support Company,
1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Anti-Tank
Platoon Leader
Germany 06.00.1974 12.00.1974
Armor Test Division,
United States Army Armor and Engineer Board
Service Test
Project Officer
Fort Knox, Kentucky 01.00.1975 08.00.1978
Armor School United States Army Armor School Student Fort Knox, Kentucky 08.00.1978 03.00.1979
3rd US Armored Division C Company, 1st Battalion,
32d Armor, 3rd Armored Division,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
S-3 Air Germany 04.00.1979 00.00.0000
3rd US Armored Division C Company, 1st Battalion,
32d Armor, 3d Armored Division,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Commander Germany 00.00.0000 10.00.1981
Office of the Program Manager,
M-1 Abrams Tank Systems
Systems Analyst Warren, Michigan 11.00.1981 00.00.0000
Office of the Program Manager,
M-1 Abrams Tank Systems
Executive Officer Warren, Michigan 00.00.0000 05.00.1984
Command and General Staff College United States Army Command and General Staff College Student Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 06.00.1984 06.00.1985
8th Infantry Division 4th Battalion, 69th Armor,
8th Infantry Division (Mechanized),
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Executive Officer Germany 07.00.1985 06.00.1987
8th Infantry Division 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized),
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Deputy G-3 Germany 07.00.1987 04.00.1989
24th Infantry Division 4th Battalion, 64th Armor,
24th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Commander Fort Stewart, Georgia,
Saudi Arabia
05.00.1989 07.00.1991
24th Infantry Division 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) G-3 Fort Stewart, Georgia 07.00.1991 07.00.1992
Army War College United States Army War College Student Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania 07.00.1992 06.00.1993
194th Armored Brigade (United States) 194th Armored Brigade (Separate) Commander Fort Knox, Kentucky 07.00.1993 06.00.1995
III US Corps III United States Corps Assistant
Chief of Staff, G-3
Fort Hood, Texas 07.00.1995 08.00.1996
Personnel Assigned to DOD and Joint Activities The Joint Staff Assistant Deputy
Director, Strategy (J-5)
COL,
BG
Washington, D.C. 08.00.1996 08.00.1998
1st Infantry Division alternative 1st Infantry Division Assistant Division
Commander
BG Germany 08.00.1998 08.00.1999
US Army Europe 7th Army Training Command,
United States Army Europe & Seventh Army
Commander BG Germany 08.00.1999 09.00.2000
1st Infantry Division alternative 1st Infantry Division Commanding
General
BG,
MG
Germany 09.00.2000 08.00.2002
Personnel Assigned to DOD and Joint Activities Office of the Secretary of Defense,
United States Department of Defense
Senior Military
Assistant
LTG Washington, D.C. 08.00.2002 07.00.2004
United States Southern Command (USA Element) United States Southern Command Commander LTG,
GEN
Miami, Florida 11.09.2004 11.18.2006
USA European Command United States European Command Commander GEN Stuttgart, Germany 12.07.2006 06.30.2009
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Supreme Allied
Commander Europe
GEN Casteau, Belgium 12.07.2006 07.02.2009
Civilian Career

Dates of RankEdit

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Appointment Age Date of Rank Accepted
Regular Army
No Insignia Cadet
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
15 Aug, 1971
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
20 Apr, 1973
O-3
Captain (US Infantry)
Captain
US Army Infantry Insignia
20 Aug, 1975
O-4
Major (US Infantry)
Major
US Army Infantry Insignia
1 Apr, 1983
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Infantry)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
1 May, 1989
O-6
Colonel (US Infantry)
Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
1 Sept, 1993
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General 1 Aug, 1998
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General 1 Dec, 2001
O-9
Lieutenant General (USA)
Lieutenant General 21 Aug, 2002
O-10
General (USA)
General 1 Jan, 2005
Retired 30 Jun, 2009

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1OLC) Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1 Oak leaf Cluster)
Army Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal (1OLC) Defense Superior Service Medal (1 Oak leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit (2 Oakleaf) Legion of Merit (2 Oak leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC) Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (2OLC) Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal
Unit Awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (3OLC) Joint Meritorious Unit Award (3 Oak leaf Clusters)
Valorous Unit Award Valorous Unit Award
Service/Campaign Medals
National Defense Service Medal (2SS) National Defense Service Medal (2 Service Stars)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (2SS) Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Service Stars)
Kosovo Campaign Medal (2SS) Kosovo Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service/Training Awards
Army Service Ribbon Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon (5) Army Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5)
Foreign Military Personal Decorations
Bundeswehr Cross of Honour Badge of Honour (Germany)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Commander) (Modern) Order of Merit (Poland)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Non-U.S. Service Awards
NATO Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal (NATO)
NATO Medal for the Former Yugoslavia Medal for the Former Yugoslavia (NATO)
Identification Badges
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
24th Infantry Division 24th Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
worn as Combat Service Identification Badge
Other Accoutrements
64th Armor Regiment (United States) 64th Armor Regiment Distinctive unit insignia
worn as Distinctive unit insignia
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Overseas Service Bar

Battles/WarsEdit

QuotesEdit

NotesEdit

FamilyEdit

GalleryEdit

Bantz J. Craddock (BG)

BG - J5, Joint Staff

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (3)

GEN - Southern Command

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (1)

GEN - Southern Command

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (5)

GEN - European Command

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (2)

GEN - European Command

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (4)

GEN - SHAPE (03.00.07)

Bantz J. Craddock (GEN) (6)

GEN - SHAPE

ReferencesEdit

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