Retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died of complications from a stroke, his executive assistant said Saturday. He was 75.
Shalikashvili passed away Saturday at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, according to assistant Rachel McLain.
A funeral is expected to be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Born in Poland in 1936, Shalikashvili became the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993. He held the post until his retirement in 1997, serving under former President Bill Clinton, who awarded Shalikashvili the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Prior to that, he was NATO's 10th supreme allied commander in Europe.FULL STORY