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Eric Ken Shinseki
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7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
January 21, 2009 – May 30, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by James Peake
Succeeded by Robert A. McDonald
Personal details
Born (1942-11-28) November 28, 1942 (age 79)
Lihue, Territory of Hawaii
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Duke University
United States Army Command and General Staff College
National War College
Profession Soldier, Cabinet Secretary
Awards United States Military Academy Distinguished Graduate Award
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (3)
Purple Heart (2)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1965 – 2003
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands Army Chief of Staff
1st Cavalry Division
3rd Infantry Division
Seventh United States Army
Allied Land Forces Central Europe (General)
NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina
9th Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
5th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Bosnian War

Eric Ken Shinseki (born November 28, 1942) is a retired United States Army four-star general who was serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His last U.S. Army position was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army (1999-2003).

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