John Galvin

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Person.png John Galvin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
John Galvin, official military photo, 1991.JPEG
BornMay 13, 1929
Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedSeptember 25, 2015 (Age 86)
Jonesboro, Georgia, U.S.
Alma materWest Point, Columbia University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
SACEUR, Attended the Bilderberg meetings yearly from 1988 to 1993. During his time as SACEUR many stay-behind networks in Europe were allegedly dismantled.

Employment.png Supreme Allied Commander Europe Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
26 Jun 1987 - 24 Jun 1992
Preceded byBernard Rogers
Succeeded byJohn Shalikashvili

John Rogers Galvin was an American army general who was the sixth dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a member of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. General Galvin attended the Bilderberg meetings yearly 1988 to 1993.

During his time as SACEUR many stay-behind networks in Europe were allegedly dismantled, a process that started with the revelations by Italy's then prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, who disclosed to the Italian Parliament the existence of a Gladio stay-behind anti-communist paramilitary network headed by NATO and present in most European countries.[1]


Galvin began his service as an enlisted soldier in the Massachusetts Army National Guard from 1947 to 1950 before he received an appointment to United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1969, during the Vietnam War, lieutenant colonel Galvin commanded the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). For his actions as the battalion's commander he was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Soldiers Medal.[2]

He earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Columbia University in 1962[3] and later completed a fellowship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971. Galvin served with the Army Combat Development Command, from 1970 to 1972, as a Military Assistant with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), from 1974 to 1975 and commanded the 24th Infantry Division in the early 1980s. He was promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the VII Corps in Germany from July 1983 to February 1985.

Galvin's career included the rare opportunity to command two different Department of Defense Unified Commands following his promotion to full (4-star) general. He was Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command in Panama from 1985 to 1987 and Commander in Chief, United States European Command from June 26, 1987, to June 23, 1992. During his tenure as Commander U.S. European Command he was also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).[4]

Personal life

Galvin lived with his wife Ginny and had four daughters. One of his daughters, Beth, is a medical reporter for WAGA, the FOX affiliate in Atlanta. The Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, Massachusetts, is named after him. The United States Military Academy awarded Galvin (Class of '54) the 1997 Distinguished Graduate Award.[5] On September 25, 2015, he died in Jonesboro, Georgia at the age of 86.[6]

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