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Chiefs Selected for Special Operations, Strategic Commands

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 1995 – The commander of the Army's 18th Airborne Corps and the Air Force deputy chief of staff for personnel will head joint commands.

The Pentagon announced President Clinton is nominating Army Lt. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, 54, for appointment to general and assignment as commander in chief, U.S. Special Operations Command. Shelton will move to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., replacing retiring Army Gen. Wayne Downing.

Clinton is also nominating Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene E. Habiger, 56, for appointment to general. He'll become commanderin chief, U.S. Strategic Command, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., succeeding Adm. Henry G. Chiles.

Shelton, commissioned through ROTC at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., joined the Army in 1963. During his 32year career, Shelton has fought in Vietnam and served as assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm.

In 1991, Shelton became commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Two years later, he assumed command of 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

Besides his bachelor's degree, Shelton has a master's in political science from Auburn University. He's also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Habiger served four years as an infantryman in the Army before attending the Air Force Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in 1963. Before assuming his present duties as the Air Force's personnel chief, Habiger served as vice commander of the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

He's commanded two bombardment wings and served as Strategic Command's inspector general. Habiger served as programs and evaluation director for the Air Force deputy chief of staff, program and resources. He also served as chairman of the Air Force Board.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Habiger holds a master's in systems management from George Washington University. Like Shelton, Habiger graduated from the National War College. He also completed management programs at Penn State University, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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