A Special Address by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Recorded on May 8, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
General John Craddock became the Supreme Allied Commander Europe
and the Commander of United States European Command on December 7,
2006. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and was
commissioned as an Armor Officer.
Highlights among a varied military career include command of the
4th Bn, 64th Armor Regt 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
deploying to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
General Craddock commanded the 194th Separate Armored
Brigade. In 1998 he undertook a tour in Germany as the
Assistant Divisional Commander for Maneuver of 1st Infantry
Division (Mechanized); during this time he was designated Commander
U.S. forces for the initial phase of operations in Kosovo.
After a tour as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of
Defense, General Craddock assumed the post of Combatant Commander
U.S. Southern Command from 2004 until 2006.