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A NATO Commander's Perspective on the Balkans

Four-Star General (Retired) and CMC alumnus William Crouch joined the United States Army in 1963 and rose through the ranks to become the Vice Chief of Staff, the Army's second highest post. He began his thirty-six year career as a cavalry platoon leader in the 5th Infantry Division and subsequently commanded at every level from company through army. Most notably, he served as Commanding General of Eighth Army, Korea/Chief of Staff, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea; Commander and Chief, U.S. Army Europe; and Commander, Allied Land Forces, Central Europe, and NATO Peace Implementation Force (Bosnia). In the latter position, he commanded over 60,000 troops in the implementation of the Dayton Accords. General Crouch is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Legion of Merit. Crouch, a native of Southern California, graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1963. In addition to graduating from the Army War College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he holds a master's degree in history from Texas Christian University. His wife and two daughters attended Scripps College. In his Athenaeum address General Crouch will discuss the peace keeping operations in the Balkans from a military perspective.