Abizaid, John P.
1951 - He was born on the 1st of April in Coleville, California.
1973 - His military education includes the United States Military Academy (USMA) at
West Point, New York.
- He earned a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
- He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from the United
States Military Academy (USMA) Class of June.
1983 - He jumped from a helicopter onto a landing strip in Grenada and ordered one of his Rangers
to drive a bulldozer like a tank toward Cuban troops as he advanced behind it.
2003 - He assumed command of Central Command from General Tommy Franks during Iraq War and the
overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
- He succeeded General Tommy Franks as Commander, USCENTCOM, on the 7th of July, and was
also elevated to the rank of 4-star general the same week.
2006 - On the 20th of December, it was announced that he would step down from his position.
2007 - He transferred command to Admiral William J. Fallon on the 16th of March.
2007 - He retired on the 1st of May, after 34 years of service.
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