- William W. Crouch
Infobox Military Person
name=William W. Crouch
born= birth year and age|1941
caption=General William W. Crouch
Los Angeles, California
allegiance= United States of America
United States Army
commands=Allied Land Forces Central Europe U.S. Army Europe Eighth Army 5th Infantry Division 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Silver Star Legion of MeritBronze Star
laterwork=Cole Commission co-chairGeneral William Wright Crouch is a retired United States Army four star general, and former
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
Crouch was born on July 12, 1941 in
Los Angeles, California. [ [http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=1316 General Officer announcement 331-91 June 24, 1997] ] He attended the San Diego Army and Navy Academyand graduated from Claremont Men's Collegewith a degree in Civil Government. [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=95372&p=irol-govBio&ID=136892 FLIR Systems Biography] ] He holds a Master's Degree in History from Texas Christian University.
Crouch commanded soldiers at every level from platoon through army. He began his service in 1963 as a cavalry platoon leader in the 5th Infantry Division. He went on to command four companies, two of which were cavalry troops in combat. His subsequent commands included a cavalry squadron, the
2nd Armored Cavalry Regimentand the 5th Infantry Division, [http://www.isilon.com/company/?page=advisory_boards#crouch Isilon Systems Federal Advisory Board] ] where he had started as a platoon leader. He also served as Commanding General of the Eighth United States Armyand Chief of Staff United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea.
He assumed command of
U.S. Army Europeon December 19, 1994, and assumed command of Allied Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT) on February 15, 1996, and was its first American since its establishment in 1993. He served as Vice Chief of staff from 1997 until his retirement in 1998.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army
Command and General Staff Collegeand the U.S. Army War College. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Meritand the Bronze Star.
Crouch's wife, Vicki, also a native of Southern California, attended
Scripps College, as did their two daughters. The Crouches have one granddaughter and reside in Colorado.
Post military career
Crouch, along with retired Admiral
Harold W. Gehman, Jr.were appointed by Defense Secretary William S. Cohenon October 19, 2000 as co-chairmen of the Department of Defense's Cole Commission to investigate the bombing of the USS Cole. [ [http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45610 Cole Commission Focuses On Force Protection Measures] ] He has also served on the board of directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, [ [http://cadca.org/AboutCADCA/board.asp?ID=8 CADCA Board of Directors] ] and since May 2005 has served on the board of Directors of FLIR Systems. He is also a Senior Mentor with the Leadership Development and Education Program for Sustained Peace at the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, serves on the board of the Keck Institute for International and Strategic Studiesat Claremont McKenna College, and sits on the advisory board of Isilon Systems.
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