On June 24, 1996, Lieutenant General Daniel W. Christman became the 55th Superintendent of the
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, General Christman graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military
Academy in 1965. He holds masterís degrees in civil engineering and public affairs from Princeton
University and a law degree from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Army
Command and General Staff College and the National War College. He is a member of the Pennsylvania
and Washington, D.C., bars and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
General Christmanís major command assignments include serving as the nineteenth U.S.
Representative to the NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium (1993-94); Commanding General,
U.S. Army Engineer Center and Fort Leonard Wood and Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort
Leonard Wood, Mo., (1991-93); Commander of the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in
Savannah, Ga., (1984-86); Commander of the 54 Engineer Battalion in Wildflecken, Germany (1980-
82); Company Commander in the 326th Engineer Battalion, Hue, Vietnam (1969-70); and Company Commander,
2nd Engineer Battalion, Changpo-Ri, Korea (1966).
His major staff assignments involved service as a Staff Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of
Staff for Operations, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., (1976-78) and as a Staff Assistant with
National Security Council, the White House (1975-76). In both of these assignments, General Christman
was responsible for advising the Army Chief of Staff and senior staff on the Strategic Arms Limitation
Talks (SALT). Further, he was called upon to testify before the House Select Committee on intelligence
regarding Soviet compliance with earlier arms control agreements.
Immediately prior to his current assignment, General Christman served for 21 months as Assistant to
the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John M. Shalikashvili. In this capacity, he supported
Secretary of State Warren Christopher as a member of the Middle East Peace Negotiating Team and in
arms control negotiations with the Russian Federation. Additionally, General Christman served for a
year and a half as Army adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William J. Crowe,
and then as Assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S. for National Security Affairs.
General Christman also served as Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy in Department of Army
Headquarters, Washington, D.C. His duties in this assignment focused on negotiations relating to the
Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) arms control talks between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. In the
course of supporting these negotiations on behalf o the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Chairman,
JCS, General Christman briefed former President Bush and traveled to Europe to brief allied heads of
state and the NATO Secretary General. He has also been called upon to testify before Congress on CFE
initiatives as well as on other topics relating to our NATO commitments and Army force structure.
Among his military decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (two awards),
Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two
awards), Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Air Medal
RESUME OF SERVICE
DANIEL WILLIAM CHRISTMAN, Lieutenant General
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 5 May 1943, Youngstown, Ohio
YEARS OF ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE:Over 30
PRESENT ASSIGNMENT: Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy since 24 June 1996.
MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED:
The Engineer School, Advanced Course
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
National War College
U.S. Military Academy - BS Degree - No Major
Princeton University - MS Degree - Civil Engineering
Princeton University - MPA Degree - Public Affairs
George Washington University - JD Degree - General Law
MAJOR DUTY ASSIGNMENTS
|June 65||Nov 65||Student, Ranger Course, U.S. Army |
Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga.
|Nov 65||Dec 66||Platoon Leader, Later Commander, |
Company A, 2d Engineer Battalion,
2d Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Korea
|Jan 67||Jun 67||Assistant Professor of Military Science, |
U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps,
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
|Jun 67||Jun 69||Student, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.|
|Jun 69||Feb 70||Commander, Company B, 326th Engineer battalion,|
101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), U.S.
|Jul 70||Jun 73||Instructor, later Assistant Professor, Department of |
Social Sciences, U.S. military Academy,
West Point, N.Y.
|Aug 73||Jun 74||Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff |
College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
|Jun 74||Dec 75||Program Analyst, National Security Council Staff, |
Executive Office of the President, The White
House, Washington, D.C.
|Dec 75||May 78||Staff Officer, Nuclear Division, Office of the Deputy |
Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, U.S.
Army, Washington, D.C.
|Jun 78||Mar 80||Assistant Division Engineer, later Special Assistant |
to the Chief of Staff, 10th Combat Engineer
Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, U.S. Army
|Mar 80||Jun 82||Commander, 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer |
Brigade, U.S. Army Europe, Germany
|Jun 82||Jun 83||Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, |
|Jun 83||Jan 84||Assistant Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of |
Engineers, Washington, D.C.
|Jan 84||Jan 86||District Engineer/Commander, Engineer District Savannah,|
|Jan 86||Jan 87||Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman of the |
Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Joint Staff,
|Jan 87||Sep 88||Army Member, Chairmanís Staff Group, |
Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
|Sep 88||Jun 90||Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, |
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for
Operations and Plans, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
|Jun 90||Jun 91||Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, office of |
the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
and Plans, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
|Jun 91||Aug 93||Commanding General, U.S. Army Engineer Center |
and Fort Leonard Wood/Commandant,
U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
|Aug 93||Sep 93||Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe|
|Sep 93||Oct 94||U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty |
Organization Military Committee, Belgium
|Oct 94||Jun 96||Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, |
U.S DECORATIONS AND BADGES
|PROMOTIONS||DATES OF |
|2LT||9 Jun 65|
|1LT||1 Sep 66|
|CPT||1 Nov 67|
|MAJ||14 May 75|
|LTC||8 Aug 79|
|COL||1 Oct 83|
|BG||1 Aug 89|
|MG||1 Jul 92|
|LTG||1 Oct 93|
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal |
(with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
|National Defense Service Medal |
with 1 Bronze Service Star
|Army Distinguished Service Medal |
(with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal ||Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars|
|Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)||Army Service Ribbon|
|Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)||Army Overseas Ribbon with Bronze Arabic Numeral "2"|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)||Vietnam Technical Service Medal (First Class)|
|Air Medals with Bronze Arabic Numeral "3"||Inter-American Defense Board Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal |
(with 1 Oak Leaf cluster)
|Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Program Analyst, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.
||Jun 74-Dec 75
|Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman, Later Army Member, Chairmanís Staff Group, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
||Jan 86-Oct 88
|U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium
||Sep 93-Oct 94
|Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Washington, D.C.
||Oct 94-Jun 96