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Highlights of Gen. David Petraeus' Army career

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 19:00 hrs

, 60, the Iraq and Afghanistan war general who went on to lead the CIA until he announced Friday that he resigned because he had been carrying on an extramarital affair:

— Graduated in 1974 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., as a second lieutenant committed to a career in the infantry.

— Married Holly Knowlton, the West Point superintendent's daughter, two months after graduation, then then served in Italy with a parachute infantry unit.

— Earned masters and doctorate degrees from Princeton in the 1980s and taught international relations at West Point.

— Rose through the Army ranks in a series of assignments, including executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and stints in Haiti and Bosnia.

— Led the 101st Airborne Division across the Iraqi desert at the beginning of the 2003 war, was promoted to three-star general and put in charge of training the new Iraqi army.

— Assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after his Iraq tour to oversee leadership training, wrote a manual on how to fight a counterinsurgency campaign.

— Tapped to head U.S. forces in Iraq in 2007 and is widely credited with saving the country from civil war by orchestrating a surge in U.S. troops.

— Appointed commander of U.S. Central Command in 2008, overseeing all U.S. military operations in the greater Middle East, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

— Underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 and a year later became the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

— Retired from the military in 2011 and appointed as CIA director.



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