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First Name: George

Last Name: Joulwan

Birthplace: Pottsville, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Alfred

Date of Birth: 16 November 1939

Rank: General

Years Served:
George Alfred Joulwan

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 0

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


George Alfred Joulwan
General, U.S. Army

George Alfred Joulwan was born on 16 November 1939 in Pottsville, PA. Joulwan, of Lebanese origin, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Loyola University. At West Point, he played football and basketball, earning two varsity letters as a football lineman.

He served two tours in Vietnam; from June 1966 to November 1967 and from June 1971 to January 1972. He attended the Army War College and then served on the Staff and Faculty until 1979. He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), from June 1979 to September 1981, when he became Chief of Staff, 3rd Infantry Division. He served in various functions at the Pentagon from 1982 until June 1986, when he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Seventh Army, Germany. In March 1988 he was given command of the 3rd Armored Division and in 1989 he became Commanding General, U.S. V Corps. From November 1990 until October 1993 he was Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Southern Command (USSOCOM). He served as the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) from 1993-97, when he was succeeded by Gen. Wesley Clark.

General Alfred Joulwan retired from active service in 1997.

Medals, Awards, Badges & Tabs

Defense Distinguished Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion of Merit with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal with "Valor" Device and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with Award Numeral 14
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Campaign Stars
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Award Numeral 4
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with 3 Gold Stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm
Army Valorous Unit Award
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge
Presidential Service Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
Ranger Tab

Foreign Medals and Awards

Knight Commanders' Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Hesse Order of Merit (Germany)
Legion d'honneur (France)
Hungarian Middle Cross with Star
Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa with Grade of Grand Officer (Panama)
Honour of Merit (Panama)
Legion of Merit of Mariscal Andres de Santa Cruz Bolivia
Gold Medal for Distinguished Service (El Salvador)
Order of Merit (Honduras)
Commanders' Cross with Star of the Order of Service (Poland)
Order of the White Lion (Czech Republic)


A public park in Pottsville, PA, is named in honor of General Joulwan.

In Retirement

General Joulwan sits on the board of directors of Emergent BioSolutions, a biotechnology company, after a referral to the post by Allen Shofe, an executive at Emergent.

His other post-military positions have included:

President of Team One, a consulting firm;
Senior Advisor of Global USA Inc, a government relations and consulting firm;
Board member for General Dynamics Corporation
Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point
Member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Military Academy

He has also served as a military analyst for Fox News Channel. Notably, he appeared on Fox News Sunday a few weeks after 11 September 2001, with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Senate Armed Forces Chairman Carl Levin to discuss his experience in war planning and the American military's planning with regards to Afghanistan.

Honoree ID: 259   Created by: MHOH




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