General Christopher Cavoli, Commander, U.S. Army-Europe

General Christopher Cavoli

Commander, U.S. Army-Europe

Christopher Cavoli was born in Wurzburg, West Germany, and grew up in Italy and other areas in Europe. He graduated from Princeton University and was commissioned into the Infantry by the ROTC. He served in an airborne battalion and was an instructor at Ranger School for two years. He entered the Russian Foreign Area Officer Program and graduated from Yale University with an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

He became chief of future operations for the 10th Mountain Division and deployed to Bosnia. He served as Director for Russia on the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate and as deputy executive assistant for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He was deployed in both the Gulf War and War in Afghanistan.

He assumed command of United States Army-Europe in January 2018.

Cavoli is married to Christina and they have two sons. He speaks French, Italian, and Russian and is a Foreign Area Officer with concentration on Eurasia.

In the News…

The U.S. Army is using high-altitude balloons in a fighting exercise in the Arctic. Exercise Thunder Cloud in northern Norway tested sensor-to-shooter capabilities involving high-altitude balloons and long-range precision fires, according to the U.S. Army. The exercise was part of the testing of new war-fighting methods in coordination with partners and allies.

U.S. Army European Command and Africa Command were activated for the exercises that sought to “bring a series of capabilities that span land, air, sea, and space.” They were out there ”to experiment in a cross-domain live-fire exercise,” an officer of the Multi-Domain Task Force said.

An officer from the 1st Battalion stated, “Thunder Cloud is about three things: modernization, partnership, and readiness… part of multi-domain operations is finding the new sensor’s best shooter, so this asset here is a unique way to conduct targeting.”


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