Lieutenant General Guy C. Swan III assumed command of United States Army North on 15 December 2009, following his assignment as the Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, CJ3 for Multi-National Force - Iraq, responsible to the Commander, MNF-I, for coordinating and enabling the operations of Coalition Forces in Iraq and for providing strategic level oversight of security-related events across the Iraqi Theater of Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieutenant General Swan was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in June 1976.
early assignments were in tank and cavalry units in Korea, Texas, and Washington State.
He served as the Chief of Plans for the 1st Armored Division in Ansbach, Germany, and later as the division's Deputy Operations Officer in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
After the Gulf War, he returned to the cavalry, joining the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) in Fulda, Germany, as the Executive Officer of the regiment's 1st Squadron in Kuwait during Operation Positive Force and later as the Regimental Executive Officer.
He commanded the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank unit, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and then served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Lieutenant General Swan then assumed command of the 2,500 Soldier 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), serving as the 57th Colonel of the Regiment at the U.S. Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Lieutenant General Swan also served at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff before returning to Germany as the Commanding General of the 7th Army Training Command at Grafenwoehr.
was responsible for supporting the training readiness of all
From 2002 to 2005, Lieutenant General Swan served as the Chief of Legislative Liaison, the Army's principal representative to the United States Congress.
Following this assignment, he
was the Commanding General of the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington from 2005 to 2007, where he
commanded all Army troops within the National Capital Region.
He served as the Joint Force commander when called to support homeland defense operations and emergency management activities to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement and disaster relief agencies in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
also served as Mrs. Betty Ford's official escort during the state funeral for President Gerald R. Ford in January 2006.
Prior to his Iraq assignment, Lieutenant General Swan served as the Director of Operations, J3, for United States Northern Command, coordinating all operational matters and assisting the Commander, USNORTHCOM, in providing strategic guidance for all USNORTHCOM missions, including Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities.
Lieutenant General Swan holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
He is a Certified Emergency Manager and is a Certified Protection Professional, board-certified in security management.
awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge
and U.S. Armor Association's
Order of St. George.