Lieutenant General Christopher C. LaNeve
Commanding General, Eighth Army

Chief of Staff, Combined Forces Command

Lieutenant General Christopher C. LaNeve graduated from the University of Arizona and was commissioned into the Infantry in May 1990.

Lieutenant General LaNeve most recently served as the Commanding General of the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Liberty, North Carolina.

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), 3d 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 CGSC, while a major, he was assigned to 1st BCT, 10th Mountain Division. He served as the Brigade S4 and Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, 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.

LTG LaNeve commanded 2d Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2d BCT, 82d 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, 82d Airborne Division. LTG LaNeve went on to command the “Bulldog BCT,” 3rd IBCT, 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, 82d 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 82d Airborne Division he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 for U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Liberty, North Carolina.

LTG 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.

Lieutenant General LaNeve and his wife Kim have a daughter and a son who are Officers serving in the US Army.