General Bill Crouch assumed command of U.S. Army Europe on Dec. 19,1994. He assumed command of Allied Land Forces Central Europe on Feb. 15,1996.
General Crouch has commanded soldiers at every level from platoon through army. He began his service in 1963 as a cavalry platoon leader in the 5th Infantry Division. He went on to command four companies, two of which were cavalry troops in combat. His subsequent commands included a cavalry squadron, a cavalry regiment and a heavy division. His last assignment was Commanding General of the Eighth Army and Chief of Staff United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.
No stranger to this theater of operations, 11 years of General Crouch's service have been in Europe. He was the Assistant Division Commander of 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and was the Chief of Staff of VII Corps.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
General Crouch was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Claremont Men's College. He holds a Master's Degree in History from Texas Christian University. General Crouch's wife, Vicki, also a native of Southern California, attended Scripps College, as did their two daughters, Catherine and Cameron. The Crouches have one granddaughter, Elizabeth, and consider Colorado their family home.