Four-star U.S. Army General who was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
He graduated from West Point and went to Vietnam, where he served as a base commander and a forward artillery observer.
He served as Commander of the Operation Enduring Freedom, which was the post-9/11 invasion of Iraq.
He grew up in Hawaii as the son of Japanese immigrants. In 1965, he married Patricia Shinseki.
He was promoted to Army Vice Chief of Staff by President Bill Clinton in 1999.