Carl E. Vuono

Carl Edward Vuono (born October 18, 1934) is a retired United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1987 to 1991.

Carl E. Vuono
General Carl Vuono, official military portrait 1987.JPEG
Born (1934-10-18) October 18, 1934 (age 85)
Monongahela, Pennsylvania
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1957–1991
RankGeneral
Commands heldChief of Staff of the United States Army
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
United States Army Command and General Staff College
1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (5)
Other workCEO, Military Professional Resources Inc.

Early life and careerEdit

Vuono was born on October 18, 1934 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He is of Finnish and Italian ancestry. He began his career as a field artillery officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy, in West Point, New York. After graduating with the class of 1957, he served three tours in Vietnam as an artillery battalion executive officer with the 1st Infantry Division in 1966–67; executive officer of Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in 1970; and as commander, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in 1970–1971, and then as commanding officer (Colonel) of Division Artillery, 82d Airborne Division. Vuono rose through the ranks quickly, serving several times in the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, in which he eventually became its commander in 1986.

Post-army career and later lifeEdit

After his retirement from the army, Vuono joined Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a private military company, in 1993. [1]. Since 1999 he has served as the CEO of MPRI. L-3 Communications acquired MPRI in June 2000 at which point Vuono was offered a senior management position at L-3 Communications. [2]

In 2003, Vuono was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Navy Distinguished Service Medal
  Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
  Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
  Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and four oak leaf clusters
  Meritorious Service Medal
    Air Medal (12 awards)
Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Vietnam Service Medal with four Service stars
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
  Order of Military Merit (Grand Cross) (Brazil)
  Order of National Security Merit (Korea) Gugseon Medal
  National Order of Merit (France) (Commander)
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) with Silver Star
  Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st class
  Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation (Vietnam)
  Vietnam Campaign Medal

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jack W. "Neil" Merritt
Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Robert W. RisCassi
Preceded by
William R. Richardson
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
1986—1987
Succeeded by
Maxwell R. Thurman
Preceded by
John A. Wickham Jr.
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1987–1991
Succeeded by
Gordon R. Sullivan