US AIR FORCE
Born in Washington, D.C., Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was an army brat whose father set a challenging example for him. The elder Davis became a brigadier general in 1940, the U.S. Army’s first black general.
The younger Davis paralleled his father’s illustrious career. He graduated from West Point in 1936 and began his military career at Fort Benning in Georgia. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps and took command of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the famous Tuskegee Airmen, as a lieutenant colonel.
Davis, known for his dignified manner and eloquent speech, became the first black brigadier general in the history of the U.S. Air Force in 1954. In 1965, he rose to the rank of lieutenant general. Lt. General Davis retired in 1970, and in 1998 he was advanced to four-star General by President Bill Clinton.
US AIR FORCE
General Donald G. Cook graduated from Paris American High School in 1965.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University. From 2001 to 2005 he was Commander, Air Education and Traing Command at Randolph AFB, TX. General Cook retired on August 1, 2005, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. of Ft. Worth. (Updated Nov 2005)
GENERAL OF THE ARMY
General Douglas MacArthur’s father, Arthur MacArthur, was also a distinguished Army general. The younger MacArthur, a graduate of TMI, The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, TX, graduated first in his class at West Point in 1903.
He is best known for his service in the Philippines, both during World War I and World War II.
US ARMY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF US CENTRAL COMMAND (CINCCENTCOM)
General Schwarzkopf is an Army Brat and Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Frankfurt American High School from 1948-49. He then moved to Heidelberg American High School where as a junior in 1950-51 he played on the school’s championship football team.
He returned to the United States and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1952.
Born in Anchorage in the Territory of Alaska in 1958, General Vincent K. Brooks grew up an Army brat in California and Virginia, the son of Major General Leo A. Brooks Sr. He was West Point’s first African-American Cadet Brigade Commander, the highest position a cadet can hold, and he graduated first in his class in 1980.
Among other notable command and staff positions, Brooks served as Deputy Director of Operations at United States Central Command (CENTCOM); Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism in The Joint Staff; Commanding General of the United States Army Pacific; and commanded United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command.
FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS
Glenn Close is an Overseas School Alumnus. She lived with her father Dr William Close in Kinshasa Zaire for most of the 16 years he worked there.
Close has also stated that she hopes one day to film a movie about the Ebola epidemics in Zaire.
The source for this information is the book “The Coming Plague” by Laurie Garrett.
Glenn Close returned to the United States for high school and graduated in 1965 from Rosemary Hall, in Greenwich, Connecticut.
FILM & TELEVSION ACTOR
Greg Kinnear is a Foreign Service Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. His father was an American diplomat.
Kinnear attended elementary school in Beirut relocating to Athens, Greece where he graduated from the Athens Community School as part of the class of 1981.
He is best known for the television program “Talk Soup” and film roles in “Sabrina” and “As Good As It Gets.”
He mentioned his overseas education in a 1998 Parade Magazine and as a guest on the 12/08/98 broadcast of the “David Letterman Show.”