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Peter Pace

Peter Pace
Pace in 2006
Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1967–2007
Rank General
Commands held

Peter Pace (born November 5, 1945) is a former U.S. Air Force General Richard Myers on September 30, 2005.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced on June 8, 2007, that he would advise the President not to renominate Pace for a second term. Pace retired from the Marine Corps and stepped down as Chairman on October 1, 2007. He was replaced by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen.[1][2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • 1968–1979 2.1
    • 1980–1988 2.2
    • 1990s 2.3
    • 2000s: Joint Chiefs of Staff 2.4
    • Military retirement 2.5
    • Post-military career 2.6
  • Dates of rank 3
  • Awards and decorations 4
    • Military and foreign awards 4.1
    • Non-military awards 4.2
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Pace was born on November 5, 1945, in McLean, Virginia; he is married to Lynne Pace, whom he met as a midshipman, and has a son, Peter, and a daughter, Tiffany.[3] Pace is a Roman Catholic.[4]



Upon completion of The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, in 1968, Pace was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam, serving first as Platoon Leader of Golf Company's Second Platoon and subsequently as assistant Operations Officer.

Returning from overseas in March 1969, he reported to Marine Aircraft Group 15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Namphong, Thailand, where he served as Operations Officer and then Executive Officer.

In October 1973, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., for duty as the Assistant Majors' Monitor. During October 1976, he reported to the 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines; Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; and Division Staff Secretary. He was promoted to Major on November 1, 1977. In August 1979, he reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College as a student.


Upon completion of school in June 1980, he was assigned duty as Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Buffalo, New York. While in this assignment, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1982. Reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Pace served from June 1983 until June 1985 as Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. In June 1985, he was selected to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C.

After graduation the following June, he was assigned to the Combined/Joint Staff in Seoul, South Korea. He served as Chief, Ground Forces Branch until April 1987, when he became Executive Officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff, C/J/G3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea/Eighth United States Army. Pace returned to Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. in August 1988 for duty as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Colonel in October 1988.


Pace as a brigadier general in 1992.

In August 1991, Pace was assigned duty as Chief of Staff, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. During February 1992, he was assigned duty as Assistant Division Commander. He was advanced to Brigadier General on April 6, 1992, and was assigned as President of the Marine Corps University and Commanding General of Marine Corps Schools at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, on July 13, 1992. While serving in this capacity, he also served as Deputy Commander, Marine Forces, Somalia, from December 1992 to February 1993, and as the Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - Somalia from October 1993 to March 1994. Pace was advanced to Major General on June 21, 1994, and was assigned as the Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces, Japan. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as the Director for Operations (J-3), Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., on August 5, 1996.

Pace served as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic/Europe/South from November 23, 1997, to September 8, 2000.

2000s: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Pace was promoted to general and assumed duties as the Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command on September 8, 2000, until September 30, 2001, when he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On August 12, 2005, he was succeeded as Vice Chairman by Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani.

Pace is sworn in as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by outgoing Chairman Richard Myers, September 30, 2005.

On April 22, 2005, at a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The previous Chairman, Richard Myers, retired from the position on September 30, 2005.

On his nomination, Pace said, "This is an incredible moment for me. It is both exhilarating and humbling. It's exhilarating because I have the opportunity, if confirmed by the Senate, to continue to serve this great nation. It's humbling because I know the challenges ahead are formidable."[5]

On June 29, 2005, Pace appeared before the Armed Services Committee for consideration of his nomination[6] and was later confirmed by the Senate. On September 30, 2005, Pace was sworn in as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[7]

Gen Pace meeting with soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq in December 2006

On November 29, 2005, Pace was present at a press conference given by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, where Rumsfeld said that "the United States does not have a responsibility" to prevent torture by Iraqi officials. Pace drew a distinction between the national responsibility of the United States and the responsibility of individual service members, saying "It is the absolute responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it".[8][9]

After White House officials asserted that Iran was supplying insurgents in Iraq with munitions, Pace questioned the validity of the claim in a February 2007 press conference. Specifically, Pace questioned the existence of direct evidence linking the Iranian government to the supply of the weapons, explosively-formed penetrators.[10]

Military retirement

Pace awaiting Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a ceremony honoring his service as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On June 8, 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he would advise the President not to renominate General Pace because of concerns about contentious confirmation hearings in the Congress. The President nominated the former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen to replace Pace.[1][11][12] On October 1, 2007, General Pace officially retired at Fort Myer, Virginia.[13]

On one of the last days before retirement, Pace gave a speech at Chaminade High School on Long Island, the high school of the first Marine who died under his command.[14]

After his retirement ceremony, Pace left to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. There, he left several handwritten notes dated for that day, with a set of his general's rank insignia attached to each one.[15][16][17] Each note was similar to this one:

"For Guido Farinaro USMC These are yours — not mine! With love and respect, your platoon leader, Pete Pace."

Post-military career

On October 1, 2007, the editors of the National Review encouraged Virginia voters to draft Pace to run in 2008 for the Senate seat to be vacated by retiring Senator John Warner. The magazine cited Pace's conservative Catholic beliefs in making its suggestion.[18] On October 2, 2007, the Wall Street Journal's Political Diary ran a piece about Virginia Republicans attempting to persuade Gen. Pace to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Warner in 2008.

On April 3, 2008, private equity firm Behrman Capital announced that Pace had joined the firm as an operating partner and been named chairman of the board of Behrman portfolio company, Pelican Products.[19][20] He was also named a director of ILC Industries, Inc., also a Behrman company.[21]

Pace also currently serves on the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board,[22] and as Chairman of the Board for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation,[23] an organization that provides training support and job placement services for disabled veterans interested in careers in the financial services industry.

Pace now serves as an Honorary Member of the Board for the non-profit Wine Country Marines. . He also served as that organizations Guest of Honor during their Annual Birthday Ball in 2012 celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday, which was a fundraiser for the Semper Fi Fund, benefitting wounded service members.

Dates of rank

Insignia Rank Dates
Second lieutenant 1967 – 1969
First lieutenant 1969 – April 1971
Captain April 1971 – November 1977
Major November 1977 – October 1982
Lieutenant colonel October 1982 – October 1988
Colonel October 1988 – April 6, 1992
Brigadier general April 6, 1992 – June 21, 1994
Major general June 21, 1994 – August 5, 1996
Lieutenant general August 5, 1996 – September 8, 2000
General September 8, 2000 – October 1, 2007

Awards and decorations

Military and foreign awards

Pace wearing his medals, ribbons, and four stars.

Pace's personal decorations include:[24]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Badge Basic Parachutist Badge
1st Row Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ 3 oak leaf clusters Navy Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star w/ valor device
3rd Row Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ valor device Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star
4th Row Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 service star Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 3 oak leaf clusters Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star
5th Row Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 3 service stars Presidential Medal of Freedom (non-military award) National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 service stars
6th Row Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 service stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
7th Row Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 3 service stars Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon Order of the Sacred Treasure
8th Row 1st Class Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon[25] Colombian Silver Cross of the Order of Boyaca[26] Meritorious Service Cross[27] Order of National Security Merit,Tong-il Medal[28]
9th Row Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ palm Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation w/ palm United Nations Medal w/ 1 service star Vietnam Campaign Medal
Badges Rifle Expert Badge Pistol Expert Badge
Badge Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Non-military awards

  • During the 2006 Congressional Medal of Honor Society meeting, Gen. Pace was awarded the Society's Patriot Award, which is presented annually to a "distinguished American who has exemplified the ideals that make this country strong. Their dedication to freedom, their love for fellow man, their allegiance to our flag and a full understanding of its demands, accepted without reservation".[32]
  • In October 2006, [34]
  • Pace was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy on March 6, 2009, at the Naval Academy's 11th annual Distinguished Graduate Award Medal Ceremony.[37]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Gen. Pace to Step Down as Chairman of Joint Chiefs". NPR. June 8, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (June 28, 2007). "President Bush Nominates Admiral Michael Mullen and General James Cartwright to Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff" (Press release). The White House. 
  3. ^ "In Step With: Gen. Peter Pace". Parade Magazine. October 2, 2005. 
  4. ^ Jon Ward (March 14, 2007). "'"Pace clarifies gay comment as his 'personal moral views (– Scholar search). The Washington Times. Retrieved June 18, 2007. 
  5. ^ "President Nominates General Pace as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff" (Press release). Office of the Press Secretary, The White House. April 22, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Hearing Schedule". United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. June 29, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Biography General Peter Pace". Joint Chiefs of Staff. October 1, 2007. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ Dana Milbank (November 30, 2005). "'"Rumsfeld's War On 'Insurgents. The Washington Post. pp. Page A18. 
  9. ^ "News Transcript:News Briefing with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace". DefenseLink News. U.S. Department of Defense. November 29, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Top general casts doubt on Tehran's link to Iraq militias". CNN. February 14, 2007. 
  11. ^ James, Frank (June 8, 2007). "Gen. Pace out as Joint Chiefs chairman". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 8, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Pace Ousted as Joint Chiefs Chairman in Bid to Avert Senate Battle". Congressional Quarterly. June 8, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Farewell to the Chairman, Marine General Peter Pace". DefenseLINK. U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved October 2, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Chaminade High School". December 31, 1999. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "CNN Newsroom: California Freeway Inferno; Former Iraq Commander Blasts War Leadership; Pace's Tribute To Fallen Vietnam Soldiers; Gore's Nobel Prize.". CNN. October 13, 2007. 
  16. ^ "President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freed" (Press release). The East Room: Office of the Press Secretary, The White House. June 19, 2008. 
  17. ^ Garamone, Jim (June 19, 2008). "President Confers Medal of Freedom on Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Pace". U.S. Department of Defense. American Forces Press Service. 
  18. ^ The Editors (October 1, 2007). "Draft General Pace". National Review. Retrieved October 2, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Behrman Capital Names General Peter Pace as Operating Partner". Capital IQ Power Moves. April 3, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Pelican Products Gets Four Stars: 40 Public Years Later, General Peter Pace Goes Private; Pace's expertise to further strengthen Pelican's military and defense sector credentials" (Press release). Pelican Products Inc. April 2, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Noted". Wall Street Journal. April 3, 2008. (subscription required (help)). 
  22. ^ White, LCpl Jacquelyn M. (January 13, 2009). "Pentagon unveils official portrait of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs". Headquarters Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps). Archived from the original on January 22, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Training Disabled American Heroes for Financial Services Industry". Wall Street Warfighters. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  24. ^ Joint Chiefs of Staff Bio.
  25. ^ Garamone, Jim (August 18, 2007). "Pace Receives Japanese Emperor’s Rising Sun Award". Tokyo, Japan: U.S. Department of Defense. American Forces Press Service. 
  26. ^ "Gen. Pace pops by Southcom to say goodbye". Miami Herald. 
  27. ^ "General Peter Pace awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)" (Press release). Governor General of Canada. September 7, 2007. 
  28. ^ Garamone, Jim (August 16, 2007). "Pace Receives South Korean Award, Thanks U.S. Service members". Seoul, South Korea: U.S. Department of Defense. American Forces Press Service. 
  29. ^ "Former Award Recipient Passes Flame to New Keeper". DefenseLink News. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  30. ^ "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Industry Titans Honored at NIAF Gala at Nation's Capital". National Italian American Foundation. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  31. ^ "Top Military Officer Accepts Award ‘On Behalf of the 2.4 Million Americans Who Serve This Nation’". Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs. Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  32. ^ "Congressional Medal of Honor Society Awards, 2006 Boston Convention". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved October 1, 2006. 
  33. ^ Szczepanowski, Richard (April 28, 2006). "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs tells Carroll Society how he depends on God". Catholic Standard. Retrieved January 9, 2008. 
  34. ^ Garamone, Jim. "Georgetown University Honors Joint Chiefs Chairman". DefenseLink News. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  35. ^ Jim Garamone (April 5, 2006). "World Affairs Council Honors U.S. Servicemembers". American Forces Press Service. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  36. ^ White House Press Release. "President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". White House Website. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  37. ^ USNA Alumni Association Press Release. "Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients Honored". United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • "Biography General Peter Pace". Joint Chiefs of Staff. October 1, 2007. 
  • "Official Biography: General Peter Pace".  

External links

  • "Farewell to the Chairman — Marine Gen. Peter Pace". U.S. Department of Defense. 
  • "US general defends phosphorus use". BBC News. November 30, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2005.  Peter Pace's statement concerning the use of White phosphorus in Iraq.
  • General Pace's Current Corporate Bio and Position at SM&A
Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Charles E. Wilhelm
United States Southern Command
Succeeded by
Gen. James T. Hill
Preceded by
Richard Myers
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Succeeded by
Edmund Giambastiani
Preceded by
Richard Myers
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Succeeded by
Michael Mullen
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