Highlights of David Petraeus’ career

Graduated in 1974 from the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., as a second lieutenant.

Married Holly Knowlton, the West Point superintendent’s daughter, two months after graduation, then served in Italy.


Earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton in the 1980s and taught international relations at West Point.

Rose through the Army ranks in a series of assignments, including executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and stints in Haiti and Bosnia.

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Led the 101st Airborne Division across the Iraqi desert at the beginning of the 2003 war, was promoted to three-star general.

Assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after his Iraq tour to oversee leadership training.

Tapped to head US forces in Iraq in 2007.


Appointed commander of US Central Command in 2008, overseeing all US military operations in the greater Middle East.

U nderwent successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 and the next year became the top US commander in Afghanistan.

Retired from the military in 2011, appointed as CIA director.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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