Guy C. Swan III
Lieutenant General
Lieutenant General (United States)
In the United States Army, the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps, lieutenant general is a three-star general officer rank, with the pay grade of O-9. Lieutenant general ranks above major general and below general...

 Guy Carleton Swan III (born January 28, 1954) of the United States Army
United States Army
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 is the Commanding General United States Army North
United States Army North
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 (USARNORTH), based out of Fort Sam Houston
Fort Sam Houston
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, Texas
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Swan grew up in the Pines Lake
Pines Lake, New Jersey
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 neighborhood of Wayne, New Jersey
Wayne, New Jersey
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, where he attended Wayne Hills High School
Wayne Hills High School
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Military career

Swan was commissioned as an armor officer from the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
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 at West Point, New York
West Point, New York
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, in June 1976. After graduation and initial officer training, he served in Korea as a tank platoon leader in the 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor. Upon returning to the United States in 1978, he joined the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss is a United States Army post in the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas. With an area of about , it is the Army's second-largest installation behind the adjacent White Sands Missile Range. It is FORSCOM's largest installation, and has the Army's largest Maneuver Area behind the...

, Texas, serving as a cavalry platoon leader, troop executive officer, and squadron adjutant.

From 1982 to 1985 he was the commanding officer of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment
77th Armor Regiment (United States)
The 77th Armor is an armored regiment of the United States Army. The 77th Armor Regiment is part of the U.S. Army Regimental System with only a single battalion, the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, and is therefore classified as both a single battalion, and the remainder of the Regiment itself...

 at Fort Lewis
Fort Lewis
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, Washington, and later served as aide-de-camp to the commanding general, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized). From 1985 to 1987 Swan served as an Armor Branch assignment officer in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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. He graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College
Command and General Staff College
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 at Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leavenworth
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, Kansas, in 1988 and from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 1989.

Swan then served as the chief, G3 Plans for the 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division (United States)
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, VII Corps, US Army Europe and Seventh Army in Ansbach, Germany, and later as the division's deputy G3 (Operations) in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Gulf War
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. In 1991 he returned to the cavalry, joining the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army where he served as the executive officer of the 1st Squadron in Kuwait during Operation Positive Force, and as the regimental executive officer in Fulda, Germany
Fulda Gap
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Swan commanded the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank unit, in the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart
Fort Stewart
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, Ga., from July 1993 to July 1995. He then completed a year-long National Security Fellowship at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
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From June 1996 to June 1998 Swan was the regimental commander for the 2500-soldier 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), serving as the 57th colonel of the regiment and as the commander of the Opposing Forces (OPFOR) at the US Army's National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

Swan served at the Pentagon
The Pentagon
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 in Washington, D.C., from June 1998 to August 2000 as the assistant deputy director for strategy and policy (J-5) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff
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He took up a training mission again, this time as commanding general of the 7th Army Training Command
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 (7th ATC), which he led from September 2000 to August 2002 at the Grafenwoehr/Hohenfels Training Area in Upper Bavaria, Germany. In that capacity, he was responsible for supporting the military training readiness of the 65,000 US Army Soldiers based in Europe.

Returning to Washington, D.C., Swan became the Army's "pointman" on Capitol Hill, serving as the Army's Chief of Legislative Liaison from August 2002 to July 2005. Prior to his assignment to USNORTHCOM, Swan was the commanding general of the Military District of Washington (CG/MDW) and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region
Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region
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 (JFHQ-NCR) from July 21, 2005 through June 5, 2007.

As CG MDW/JFHQ-NCR, Swan became a known figure when he escorted Betty Ford
Betty Ford
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 during the nine days in December 2006 and January 2007 that marked the death and state funeral of her husband, former U.S. president Gerald Ford
Death and state funeral of Gerald Ford
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. His immediate predecessor, Major General Galen B. Jackman
Galen B. Jackman
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, escorted former First Lady
First Lady of the United States
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 Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan
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 at the state funeral of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan
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Qualifications and decorations

Swan holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University
Georgetown University
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 and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
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, the Legion of Merit
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, the Bronze Star
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 , the Ranger Tab
Ranger Tab
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, the Parachutist Badge
Parachutist Badge (United States)
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, and he is a holder of the United States Armor Association
United States Armor Association
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's Honorable Order of St. George
Saint George Award
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