During a 35-year career in the U.S. Army, General Meigs served as Commander, U.S. Army Europe (1998-2002). For the first year of that assignment, he also served as Commander of SFOR, NATO’s peacekeeping force in Bosnia. In addition, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and was Commandant of the Army’s Staff College (1997-1998). During his tour he revised the Staff College’s leadership curriculum and oversaw the writing of the Army’s leadership manual. General Meigs’ decorations include the Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Bronze Star with “V” Device, and the Purple Heart.
Following his retirement in 2003, General Meigs taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University where he taught courses on defense challenges in the 21st century and on American strategic practice, and conducted research on decision making in national security and on the process of disruptive technological innovation in defense affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Department of State International Security Advisory Board, and the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism Advisory Board.