David Petraeus: Director of the C.I.A


David Petraeus


Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office

September 6, 2011 – November 9, 2012

PresidentBarack Obama

DeputyMichael Morell

Preceded byMichael Morell (Acting)

Succeeded byMichael Morell (Acting)

Commander of the International Security Assistance Force

In office

June 23, 2010 – July 18, 2011

Preceded byStanley McChrystal

Succeeded byJohn Allen

Commander of United States Central Command

In office

October 31, 2008 – June 30, 2010

Preceded byMartin Dempsey (Acting)

Succeeded byJohn Allen (Acting)

Personal details

BornDavid Howell Petraeus

November 7, 1952 (age 60)

Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.

Spouse(s)Hollister "Holly" Knowlton (m. 1974)

Alma materUnited States Military Academy

Ranger School

United States Army Command and General Staff College

Princeton University

Military service

Service/branch: United States Army

Years of service:1974–2011

Rank: General


International Security Assistance Force

United States Forces-Afghanistan

United States Central Command

Multinational Force-Iraq

United States Army Combined Arms Center

Fort Leavenworth

Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division

3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment

A Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized)


Stabilisation Force

Operation Uphold Democracy

Operation Desert Spring

Iraq War

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)


Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4)

Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)

Defense Superior Service Medal (2)

Legion of Merit (4)

Bronze Star Medal with Valor

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

NATO Meritorious Service Medal

Officer of the Order of Australia

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