David Petraeus

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  • Birth Name: David Howell Petraeus
  • Birth Place: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States
  • Profession: Retired Army general, Former CIA director
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  • 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.

Relationships

  • Sixtus Petraeus — Father
  • Stephen Petraeus — Son
  • Anne — Daughter
  • Miriam Petraeus — Mother
  • Hollister "Holly" Petraeus — Wife

College

  • 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)

Details

  • Birth Name: David Howell Petraeus
  • Birth Place: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States
  • Profession: Retired Army general, Former CIA director

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