General (Ret) David H. Petraeus


General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is a partner in the global investment firm KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also a visiting professor of public policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, and a member of the advisory boards of a number of veterans organizations. Gen. Petraeus previously served more than 37 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career with six straight commands, five of which were in combat, including command of coalition forces during the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA.

Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Gen. Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries. Petraeus was an IAVA 2012 Veteran Leadership Award honoree and has been a valued supporter of the organization.

As well, IAVA proudly presented the IAVA 2022 Veteran Leadership award jointly to General Petraeus and CSM Marvin Hill. In addition to a variety of other assignments throughout their decades-long careers, IAVA Board Member General Petraeus and CSM Hill served as the leadership team for multiple major combat commands in Iraq, Afghanistan, ISAF, and CENTCOM.


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