NICHOLAS S. H. KRAWCIW (Ukrainian : Микола Кравців) is a
* 1 Early life * 2 Military career * 3 Post military * 4 Honors * 5 Awards and decorations * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links
Nicholas Krawciw was born on November 28, 1935, to Bohdan and
Neonila Krawciw, in Lviv, Galicia,
Nick Krawciw was one of the first members of his class to go to
Vietnam, and was severely wounded in an ambush. After recuperating,
Captain Krawciw commanded a cavalry troop at
Following a tour in the Tactical Department at West Point, Major Krawciw returned to Vietnam as S-3 of the 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry . During a year of intense fighting along the DMZ, Nick was awarded three Silver Stars and was instrumental in devising new tactics and counter measures that frustrated a tenacious enemy.
Major Krawciw was sent to
Nick commanded the 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1974, and later served at Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe. Following a year as a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, Colonel Krawciw was assigned to the Training and Doctrine Command as Director of Concepts and Doctrine in combat development. Here, his work on maneuver doctrine revolutionized the way the Army fought, was organized, and was trained. Nick Krawciw’s ideas influenced victories in Operation Just Cause (Panama) , Operation Desert Storm , Operation Iraqi Freedom , and many important but smaller contingencies.
In 1979, Colonel Krawciw returned to
Promoted to Brigadier General, he returned to
Since he spoke Ukrainian fluently, Nick Krawciw was urged by the
At the behest of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and the
Undersecretary of Defense, Nick and his dedicated wife Christina moved
The country had not governed itself in 300 years , so there was no body of law, no democratic tradition, and a military organized on the totalitarian model with corresponding values. Nick assisted in professional development, including ethics, guided reduction of forces to appropriate levels, and identified sound leaders. Progress was slow and difficult, but ultimately effective.
The culmination of his efforts was the refusal of the Ukrainian Army to disperse the Orange Revolution demonstration that ultimately overturned the fraudulent election of 2004 , thus justifying the years of dedicated effort General Krawciw and other American officers had spent to achieve a democratic Army in Ukraine. Some of the programs Krawciw organized or participated in were Operation Peace Shield and Operation Sea Breeze.
Nick Krawciw was instrumental in establishing educational exchange
programs with the Ukrainian military, devoting many hours to
sponsoring and escorting both military and civilian groups from
In 1995, in addition to his work with Ukraine, Nick Krawciw began 10 years service as President of The Dupuy Institute; and is now Chairman of the Board. Under Nick’s leadership, the Institute, dedicated to scholarly analysis of military historical trends, expanded its activity.
Throughout a lifetime of distinguished service, Nick Krawciw’s
career has been marked by inspirational leadership and steadfast
dedication to the ideals expressed in the
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AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
His awards and decorations included the Silver Star (three) with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross , the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star (four total, two for valor), and the Purple Heart .
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* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K Rich, Susan. "TDI Profile: Nicholas
Krawciw" (PDF). The International TNDM Newsletter. The Depuy
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* ^ Casanova, lka Koznarska (18 December 1983). "interview: Col.
Nicholas Krawciw,newly nominated brigadier general" (PDF). The
Ukrainian Weekly . pp. 10–11. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
* ^ Staff (2 August 1987). "Krawciw takes command of 3rd Infantry
The Ukrainian Weekly . pp. 4–13. Retrieved 15 June
* ^ A B C Polyakov, Leonid (2004). U.S.-
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "2006 Distinguished Graduate Award".
* Alex Lushnycky, Ukrainians of Greater