The US President also expressed his full confidence in the director in functions, Michael Morell, and men and women of the CIA who work daily to keep our nation safe. Finally, said: my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his wife Holly, who has done so much to help the military families through their work. I wish them the best in these difficult moments, Obama concluded. Military exemplary son of a Dutch sailor who came to the United States after World War II, David Petraeus was born in the State of New York on November 7, 1952, and since his youth, noted for its ease to practice all kinds of sports and good intellectual qualities. He graduated as a second lieutenant in 1974 at the Academy military West Point, where he was a star of skiing, football and where he finished as the 10th best record of your promotion.
Two months after his degree, he married his wife, Holly Knowlton, with whom he has two children. In parallel to his rise in the military career, received his Ph.d. in 1987 in the School Woodrow Wilson’s public affairs and international of Princeton University with the thesis the American army and the lessons of Viet Nam. Four years earlier he had already been honoured with the award the brightest student from the University for senior and General of the army. Petraeus held positions of responsibility, as the Deputy to the head of State more of the SFOR of NATO in Bosnia or Chief of operations of the force of the UN in Haiti. In 2003 he was appointed to the North of Iraq, in command of the 101st Airborne Division. In addition, he has directed units of mechanized infantry and air assault in Europe, United States and Middle East. In June 2004, he was appointed first Commander of the multinational command for security in the transition of Iraq, until barely a year later, was again destined for United States at the head of the combined arms Center, considered the intellectual center of the army.