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Biography: Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Chairman Nominee

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 17, 1997 – U.S. Army Gen. "Hugh" Shelton is the commander in chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for the readiness of all active duty and reserve component special operations forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Shelton was born in Tarboro, N.C., and commissioned as a second lieutenant and awarded a bachelor of science degree from North Carolina State University. His civilian education includes a master of science from Auburn University and completion of the National and International Security Program at Harvard University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer basic and advanced courses, the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Prior to assuming his present position in February 1996, Shelton served as commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. Other past assignments include commander, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg; assistant division commander for operations, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; and commander, Company C, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Shelton has also commanded the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; and the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg. He has served as the Joint Staff deputy for operations, J-3, Washington; chief of staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y.; division G-3, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis; and brigade adjutant and operations officer, deputy division adjutant and infantry battalion executive officer while assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Shelton completed a second tour in the South Vietnam as a member of Detachment B-52 (Project Delta) and commander of Detachment A-104, 5th Special Forces Group. He also deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was joint task force commander during Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.

Shelton's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with valor device and three oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart. He also has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Military Freefall Badge, and the Special Forces and Ranger tabs.

Shelton and his wife, Carolyn, have three sons: Jon, a Secret Service agent; Jeff, an Army captain; and Mark, a student at Florida State University.

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