MG Swannack was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry
from the United States Military Academy on 9 June 1971. He has proudly
served his Nation for thirty plus years in command and staff positions at every
level from platoon to Department of the Army.
MG Swannack served for six months as the Deputy Commander, XVIII
Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, where he prepared Corps units for deployment to
Iraq. Before assuming these duties, MG Swannack commanded the 82nd
Airborne Division from 8 October 2002-27 May 2004. During this time, he
provided forces to Combined Joint Task Force-180 for combat operations in
Afghanistan, and he personally led the Division during combat operations from
Kuwait to Baghdad and later civil-military operations in western Iraq.
Prior general officer assignments include:
· Commanding General of Multinational Division (North) and Task
Force Eagle during Operation JOINT FORGE (SFOR 11) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where
he oversaw implementation of the Dayton Peace Accord.
· Commanding General of the Joint Readiness Training Center and
Fort Polk, where he was the senior trainer for all Light, Airborne, Air
Assault, Ranger and Special Forces units in the Army.
· Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy within the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans,
Headquarters, Department of the Army.
· His initial assignment as a general officer was with the 82nd
Airborne Division as the Assistant Division Commander (Operations).
As a Brigade Commander, MG Swannack deployed to Haiti for
peacekeeping operations during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. He also served
in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J5, the Joint Staff, where he
was instrumental in developing and executing US strategy and policy for Central
America and the Caribbean Basin. As a Battalion Commander, he deployed to
Panama during Operation NIMROD DANCER and subsequently participated in combat
operations during Operation JUST CAUSE.