John Philip Abizaid
Abizaid - holder of the Order of Australia - a retired general of the United States Army and former head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM). He supervised the conduct of military operations in 27 countries, from the Horn of Africa (Horn of Africa), the Arabian Peninsula (Arabian Peninsula) and ending with the South and Central Asia ,covering a large part of the Middle East (Middle East). Under his command at CENTCOM was 250 thousand. US troops.
Abizaid succeeded General Tommy Franks (Tommy Franks) July 7, 2003, while as a place Abizaid took the Admiral William J.. Fallon (William J. Fallon) March 16, 2007.John resigned May 1, 2007 - th, after 34 years of service.
In 2007, he was named fellow at the Hoover Institution (Hoover Institution) at Stanford University (Stanford University).
January 24, 2008 th Abizaid was appointed to the board of directors of the holding company `RPM International`.In the same year he became a member of the Board of Directors `Defense Ventures Group` and elected a member of the Board (Montgomery Fellow) Dartmouth College (Dartmouth College).
John Philip Abizaid (John Philip Abizaid), known by the nickname ` Mad arab` (`Mad Arab`), was born on April 1, 1951 th, in Coalville, northern California, USA (California, USA). Abizaid ,half an Arab nationality, grew up in a family with the traditions of the Catholic Church. His father, a member of World War II, one was brought up John, after the boy`s mother died of cancer.
As for military education, John studied at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York (West Point, New York), Release class 1973rd ;on basic and advanced training courses for officers of infantry regiments ; Staff College in the armed forces (JFSC); and the Military College (U.S. Army War College Senior Fellowship) at the Hoover Institution.
He received an MA in Middle East study at Harvard University (Harvard University),impressing its achievements, and also studied at the University of Jordan in Amman (University of Jordan, Amman) on the program of George Olmsted (George Olmsted). Nadav Safran (Nadav Safran), the head of Garvardskogotsentra Middle East, recalling the 100 -page work Abizaid defense policy of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia),He said that it was the best job in the 30 years of his practice at Harvard.
Abizaid was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant of Infantry Regiment after the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. He began his military career in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (Bragg,North Carolina). Abizaid commanded the 2nd and 1st Ranger Battalion during the invasion of Grenada (Grenada).
John also commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 325th Airborne Regiment Battle Group in Vicenza, Italy (Vicenza, Italy), during the war in the Persian Gulf (Persian Gulf), and his battalion deployed in northern Iraq (Northern Iraq),to provide cover for the Kurds.
His brigade was under the command of the 504 th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. He served as assistant commander of the 1st Armored Division in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia-Herzegovina). After this experiment served as Abizaid 66-Commandant of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was able to do away with the savagery of bullying and update the curriculum. Later, he took command of the 1st Infantry Division `Big Red One` in Wurzburg, Germany (Wurzburg, Germany), by David L. Grange (David L. Grange),and also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
After the war in Iraq (2003) and Saddam Hussein (Saddam Hussein), Abizaid assumed command of CENTCOM, Tommy Franks. December 20, 2006 it was announced that General Abizaid would resign from his post in March
007 th. He planned to retire earlier, but for some time continued to serve. March 16, 2007 th Abizaid handed over command to Admiral William J. Fallon.
In November 2005, John gave a speech at the Naval War College (Naval War College) on the fight against terrorism, which has not passed into the ether. Nevertheless,student performance recorded and sent via e-mail to General Peter Shoemaker (Peter Schoomaker), chief of staff of the army, and many others. etc., and today excerpts from speeches Abizaid available on CSPAN channel website.
August 3, 2006 th Abizaid said at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee : ` I believe that the sectarian violence is probably, Bad enough as far as I could see its manifestation in Baghdad. If not stopped, it is likely that Iraq will begin to move in the direction of civil voyny`. This statement is fundamentally different from all his previous estimates threat of civil war in Iraq. Yet John added : ` I remain optimistic on the bill ,that slip (to civil war) can predotvratit`.
In his speech of 17 September 2007, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Abizaid said, ` We have to seek the international community struggles, which only have, and Iranians, too, to stop and to keep the development of nuclear weapons. .. `. Besides,he said : ` I believe we have all the power to deter Iran if it becomes a nuclear power. .. there are ways to live with a nuclear Iran. .. Let`s face it : we live with a nuclear Soviet Union (Soviet Union), we lived with a nuclear China (China) , and we will live with (other) nuclear derzhavami`.
John Abizaid married ; he has three children. He learned Arabic in the army