Montgomery Meigs (born 1945)
Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (January 11, 1945 – July 6, 2021) was a United States Army general. He was named for his great-great-great-granduncle, Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, the father of Arlington National Cemetery, and for his father Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery Meigs, a World War II tank commander who was killed in action one month before Meigs was born.
|Birth name||Montgomery Cunningham Meigs|
|Born||January 11, 1945|
|Died||July 6, 2021 (aged 76)|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–2002|
|Commands held||United States Army Europe|
Seventh United States Army
1st Armored Division
3rd Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
|Relations||Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (father)|
Montgomery C. Meigs (granduncle)
|Other work||Professor at Syracuse University and Georgetown University|
CEO of Business Executives for National Security
Early life and educationEdit
Meigs graduated from the Holderness School in Holderness, New Hampshire, in 1965 and went on to United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he graduated in 1967. He served as a cavalry troop commander in the Vietnam War with the 9th Infantry Division. After study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a year at the Army's Command and General Staff College, he taught in the History Department at West Point and spent the 1981–82 academic year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Meigs received his PhD in history from Wisconsin in 1982 before reporting to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as its executive officer. In 1984, Meigs commanded the 1st Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following a stint at the National War College as an Army Fellow, he worked as a strategic planner on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. for three years. Returning to Germany, he assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division on September 26, 1990, and commanded it through Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently commanded the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr and served as Chief of Staff of V Corps and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the United States Army, Europe, and 7th Army. Meigs commanded the 3rd Infantry Division from July 1995 until its reflagging as the 1st Infantry Division in February 1996. In October, he deployed with the 1st Infantry Division to Bosnia, serving nine months in command of NATO's Multi-National Division (North) in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard.
Meigs was the commander-in-chief of the United States Army Europe until his retirement in 2002.
After Meigs left active military service, he was a professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and served as a military consultant to The Pentagon. In 2008 he returned to NBC News as a military consultant.
In December 2007, Meigs left his previous position as the director of the United States Department of Defense's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). He was a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Military Operations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and held positions at Mitre Corporation, International Executive Service Corps, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
From January 1, 2010, to July 25, 2013, Meigs served as president and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nonprofit composed of senior business executives who volunteer to help address national security challenges.
Awards and decorationsEdit
- "General Montgomery C. Meigs Joins Faculty". Office of Communications. Georgetown University. January 18, 2008. Archived from the original on January 21, 2008.
- "Gen. Montgomery Meigs – Meet the faces of MSNBC". NBC News. MSNBC. June 30, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
- "Meigs, Montgomery". LBJ School of Public Affairs. The University of Texas at Austin. 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
- "Montgomery Meigs, former commander of US Army Europe, dies at 76". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
- "Montgomery Meigs Obituary - Austin, TX". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved July 8, 2021.