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Jonathan Scott Gration
Jonathan Scott Gration

United States

Retired Major General Jonathan Scott Gration was named Special Envoy to Sudan by President Barack Obama on March 18, 2009.

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Created: 18th Mar 2009
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Jonathan Scott Gration
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Place of Origin: United States

The son of missionary parents, he spent his childhood years in the now Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. Upon graduation from Rutgers University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, General Gration joined the United States Air Force where he served from 1974 to 2006.

During his early years in the Air Force, General Gration served as an F-5 and F-16 instructor pilot, including a two-year assignment with the Kenya Air Force. His staff positions included tours in the Pentagon and NATO, and a White House Fellowship. In 1995 General Gration took command of the 4404th Operations Group in Saudi Arabia, where he was in command during the Khobar Towers bombing. In 1996 he was transferred to Turkey to oversee Operation Northern Watch, enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq.

In 2000 and 2001 General Gration was Deputy Director for Operations in the Joint Staff in Washington and then spent a year and a half as Director of Regional Affairs for the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.

From January to June 2003, he commanded Joint Task Force-West during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In August 2003 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, and from June 2004 to October 2006, he served as Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate of United States European Command.

General Gration speaks Swahili and has an MA from Georgetown University in National Security Studies.

After retiring from the Air Force, General Gration served as the CEO of Millennium Villages (an organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty), then joined the Safe Water Network where he helped to provide safe water to vulnerable populations in India, Bangladesh, and Ghana.

General Gration was a national security adviser to the Obama Presidential campaign and served as a Special Assistant to the President. He was appointed as President’s Special Envoy to Sudan on March 18, 2009.

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Retired Major General Jonathan Scott Gration was named Special Envoy to Sudan by President Barack Obama on March 18, 2009.

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Author: comrade Ekwealor Chinedu Thomas
Wed Sep 2 13:47:22 2009

I am in favour of Mbeki's idea that our people who slapped our faces be punished for such violations by ourselves in our homes and not by a certain expert like the ICC. with the Picture of the Sudanese three mothers on this page, one is left with no choice than to advocate that the most horrible available punishment be meted out for the people who wrecked the system. i am also in favour of types of punishement provided it must not be carried out by the capitalists owned ICC. Let our agitation be on the type of punishment… [Read Full Text]

Author: upliftdarace_144
Wed Sep 2 17:46:48 2009

In his piece entitled “ White Collar War Crimes, Black African Fall Guys,”

investigative journalist Keith Snow writes:

First note that the ICC can now be viewed as a tool of hegemonic U.S. foreign policy,

where the weapons deployed by the U.S. and its allies include the accusations of, and

indictments for, human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

To understand this, we can ask WHY NO WHITE MAN HAS YET BEEN CHARGED

with these or other offenses at the ICC (International Criminal Court) which now holds

five black African warlords… [Read Full Text]

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