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General Peter W. Chiarelli

January 31, 2012 - General Peter W. Chiarelli, the U.S. Army vice chief of staff, and the Army second-highest-ranking general in the Pentagon, is retiring today after a long and distinguished career. He told the Washington Post earlier this week that "I have my mom on the West Coast who turns 90 on February 15th. I have a family responsibility after 40 years of service to be with her."

Chiarelli gained some distracting notoriety, when, while attending a White House dinner former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett asked him for a glass of wine, thinking apparently, that he was a waiter. It could happen to "anyone," he later said to the press. General Peter Chiarelli

General Chiarelli became the 32 nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on August 4th, 2008. In his previous assignment, he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2007 to August 2008.

He hails from Seattle, Washington and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Seattle University. General Chiarelli was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in September 1972.

Throughout his career he has served in Army units in the United States, Germany and Belgium. He has commanded at every level from platoon to corps. His principal staff assignments have been as the Operations Officer, 1 st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Assistant and later Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander, Commander United States European Command at SHAPE Headquarters, Mons, Belgium; as the Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, at Headquarters, Department of the Army.

He commanded a motorized infantry battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington; an armor brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington; served as the Assistant Division Commander for Support in the 1 st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; commanded the 1 st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; and commanded Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

General Chiarelli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Seattle University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategy from Salve Regina University.

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