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August 08, 2011
Dear Joan and Brent, please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of General Shali. The world has lost a great man and a great soldier, Kenneth and me have lost a great friend. We will never forget the twinkle in his eyes and his great sense of humor, but most of all we will never forget how he made us feel. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Rest in Peace General Shali
August 05, 2011
Great pleasure to have worked for a GREAT man. As a caregiver, it had never dawned on me who I was working for. Although, I would hear and see the reations of others as we went out in the community. People would greet the General with great joy to be in his presence or to meet him. When I worked for him on a daily basis, not knowing the history of this Great man. He was still GREAT just as a person. RIP my friend. It was an honor to part of the family. Thank you Joan and Bryant for this opportunity. He will be missed deeply. I will cherish every moment we have shared.
August 02, 2011
While I will be unable to attend the Memorial Service in Tacoma on Saturday for my former Battalion Commander on Saturday, I will go a National Cemetery near my home on Saturday to pay my respects the finest Soldier I had the honor of serving with:
John M Shalikashvili.

Rest In Peace General Shali.


Sgt. Wright
C Btry 1/84th Field Artillery
1973-1977
July 31, 2011
Myrt and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Joan and Brant on the passing of General Shaili. I was truly honored to have served under General Shalikashvili while stationed at SHAPE Belgium during his tenure as SACEUR. Through our teary eyes looking back, I remember Joan and the General comforting me after the passing of my dad in 1992 while we were on an official visit to the Ukraine. Myrt and I also recall the time there was an insufficient quantity of “Hot Pockets” in the Cheivrers Air Force Base commissary. Joan expressed her concern because of the number of teenagers living at SHAPE and the lack of sufficient Hot Pockets that all kids including Brant and our son Matthew really enjoyed. I just happened to see the commissary manager several days later by chance and he told me to let the General and his wife know that an extra large order of Hot Pockets was enroute. I also remember going golfing with Brant and General Shali smiling and saying to me “do you think we have another Arnold Palmer here?”

General Shali loved his wife and son very much. They both shared a common concern for the quality of life of the many military and civilian families under his charge. I really can’t speak with authority about his embodiment as a military strategist, but charged with the responsibilities of SACEUR and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks for itself. General Shali will always be remembered by me as the epitome of a loving husband, father, and military officer whose caring leadership was felt throughout the ranks of all services. Numbers 6:24-26
July 31, 2011
Dear Joan and Brent: Our prayers go out to you and your family at the passing of General Shalikashvili. We have such warm memories of him while in Heidelberg. He and you Joan open your home to us and the Heidelberg Soccer Team, and the following morning the General invited Pat, Donna and I to take a walk with him behind your home. That time we spend with him on that walk will never ever be forgotten. Donna and other members of that soccer team have been posting their memories of the General on Face Book.

We hold you in prayer:

Donald, Pat and Donna Jordan
July 31, 2011
To Joan and Brant, It was a honor and a pleasure getting to know you while caring for the General in his final days. I'm sorry, but he is at peace now. I will never forget the stories, I truly enjoyed getting to know all of you. Thank you for that honor.
July 29, 2011
Dear Joan and Brant,

Our hearts are saddened by the news of the General's passing. We had the pleasure of getting to know you all back in 1985 in Nuerenberg, Germany when Jim was the General's Executive Officer and you, Joan, worked alongside him with your duties as a dedicated Officer's wife and loving mother to Brant.
Please know you are all in our prayers for comfort in the year's ahead. You have all served this country and have given much more than most will ever know.
Thank you General, Joan and Brant. We will not forget your dedication to working towards the cause of peace.

Kind Regards,
LTC (Retired) James and Marie Durbin
July 28, 2011
I am proud to have served under General Shali 30 years ago when he was commander of the 1st Armored Division Artillery. He epitomized everything that a leader should be.
July 27, 2011
Gen Shalikashvili was an outstanding soldier and a fine gentleman. He cared not only for the welfare of his own men, but for the people he was protecting.
Warm Regards,
Former Amb.Edward L. Rowny (LTG)
July 27, 2011
To the Shalikashvili family,
What an honor to have shared your lives with such a man and each other! I only met Gen. Shali a few times and not in an official capacity. I went to school with his nephew David and met his Uncle John a time or two in Carlisle. Thank you for your service, for your American story and for your heart. Old soldiers never die, they just defend us from higher ground. Thank you for all you gave to others.

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