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Chief of Staff CFC

Lt. Gen. Christopher C. LaNeve

Commanding General, Eighth United States Army

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Lieutenant General Christopher C. LaNeve is currently assigned as the chief of staff, Combined Forces Command and the commanding general of Eighth Army at Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea. He was most recently served as the Commanding General of the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Liberty, North Carolina. 

LaNeve was commissioned into the infantry in May 1990. His initial assignment was to Fort Ord, where he served in 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 7th Infantry Division (L).

As a captain, he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry, as well as the Sabalauski Air Assault School after completing the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course and service at the Western Illinois University ROTC program. He then transferred to Washington, D.C. in 1999 where he was assigned as the executive officer to the Army G-3/5/7 Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, and later the deputy director of Executive Communications and Control Division-Operations in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army.

Following Command and General Staff College, while a major, he was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He served as the brigade S4 and operations officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, and subsequently as the brigade operations officer. In 2006, he was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., where he served in the Defense Warning Office.

LaNeve commanded 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. Following command, he assumed duties as the J3, Combined Joint Task Force 82 in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, he served as the G3, 82nd Airborne Division. LaNeve went on to command the “Bulldog BCT,” 3rd Infantry BCT, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, and Operations Group (COG), Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Johnson. After his time at Fort Johnson, he served as the executive officer to the Commander, Resolute Support, Afghanistan and then as the deputy commanding general for operations, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Liberty, North Carolina. Afterwards, he served as the commanding general for the 7th Army Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, and then at the Pentagon as the HQDA Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7. Prior to command to the 82nd Airborne Division he served as the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 for U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Liberty, North Carolina.

LaNeve holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s of Military Art and Science in Strategic Studies from the Command and General Staff College Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship.