| Curtis Scaparrotti |
|Born||March 5, 1956|
|Alma mater||West Point, University of South Carolina, United States Army War College|
|Member of||Atlantic Council/Board|
Curtis Michael Scaparrotti In 1978, Scaparrotti graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
From 1992 to 1994, Scaparrotti worked in Washington, D.C., at the Army Total Personnel Command and the Army Chief of Staff's office. In May 1994, Scaparrotti took command of 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Combat Team, Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy, and in that time he commanded the battalion during Operations Support Hope in Zaire/Rwanda, Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Assured Response (1996) in Liberia.
Scaparrotti returned to Fort Drum in 1996 as the 10th Mountain Division's operations officer and from there he continued his studies at the U.S. Army War College.
He served as the chief of Army Initiatives Group in the Deputy Chief of Staff's Office for Plans and Operations in Washington, D. C. in 1998. By 1999, Scaparrotti returned to Fort Bragg to command the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division before he moved on to serve as the assistant deputy director for Joint Operations on the Joint Staff, Washington, D. C., from 2001 to 2003.
From July 2003 to July 2004, Scaparrotti served as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 1st Armored Division during the Iraq War.
From August 2004 to July 2006, Scaparrotti served as the 69th Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy, at West Point, New York.Thereafter, he was assigned as the Director of Operations (J3) for United States Central Command (CENTCOM), providing oversight to all military operations throughout the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and also including operations in Somalia, during the war on terror.
Scaparrotti assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division on October 1, 2008 and deployed the headquarters to Eastern Afghanistan where he served as the Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force 82 and Regional Command East.
On October 15, 2010 Scaparrotti assumed command of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) at Fort Lewis, Washington. While serving as I Corps commander, Scaparrotti served concurrently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan from July 11, 2011 to June 12, 2012. In July 2012, Scaparrotti took over as Director of the Joint Staff.
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
In May 2016 he assumed duties as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), i.e. the de facto leader of NATO.
During his time as SACEUR, Turkish NATO-officers started a military coup, but failed. Scaparrotti declared “Some of the officers that we have our relationships with in Turkey are now either detained, in some cases retired as a result of the coup. We’ve got some work to do there.”
Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, which hosts more than 5,000 American soldiers and is the main base for the US-led bombing campaign against Syria and Iraq, was the organizing center of the putsch.
In a 2016 testimony to a US Senate subcommittee, Scaparrotti claimed that Russia is the enemy of Europe, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey. The new SACEUR stressed that his troops—some 60,000 deployed in Europe—must be prepared “to fight tonight if the deterrence fails.”
In May 2019 he was succeeded by General Tod D. Wolters.
Scaparrotti also sits on the influential Atlantic Council's Board of Directors.