Nicknamed "Peaches" in high school due to his last name, which was frequently mispronounced.
Belonged to West Point's soccer and ski teams; and also served as cadet captain on the brigade staff.
Married his wife Holly two months after graduating from West Point; she was the daughter of the West Point superintendent, Gen. William A. Knowlton.
Accidentally wounded during a 1991 training exercise while a lieutenant colonel with the 101st Airborne; the Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor who operated on him, Bill Frist, went on to become a U.S. senator.
First saw combat in 2003 Iraq, when he led the 101st Airborne during the push to Baghdad.
Served as commander of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq in 2007-08.
Served as commander of the United States Central Command from 2008 through 2010; and as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from 2010 until 2011.
Retired from the Army in order to serve as CIA director, which he did from September 2011 until November 2012.
Transitioned from public service to Wall Street as a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a private Wall Street equity group.
Sixtus Petraeus — Father
Stephen Petraeus — Son
Anne — Daughter
Miriam Petraeus — Mother
Hollister "Holly" Petraeus — Wife
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, United States (1974); U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States (1983); Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States (MPA, 1985; PhD, 1987)
Birth Name: David Howell Petraeus
Birth Place: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States
Profession: Retired Army general, Former CIA director