Order of St. Olav
| Vigleik Eide|
| 4 December 1933
Fana, Norway (1933-12-04) |
Ambassador to Lebanon and Syria
October 30, 2011, Oppegard, Norway
Vigleik Eide Wikipedia
Vigleik Eide (4 December 1933 – 30 October 2011) was a Norwegian diplomat and military officer, a General in the Norwegian Army who served two years as Chief of Defence of Norway, and four years as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
Eide was born in Fana as the son of Ivar Vigleiksson Eide and Serina B. Oma. He married Aase Nyhuus in 1962. He died in October 2011.
Eide graduated from the Norwegian Military Academy in 1957, and later education included studies at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr and the NATO Defense College. He was a colonel in the Norwegian Army from 1980 to 1985. He was Major General and District Commander of Vestlandet from 1985 to 1986, and Lieutenant General and Head of Command of Northern Norway from 1986 to 1987. He served as Chief of Defence of Norway from 1987 to 1989. He served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 1989 to 1993. During this period a closer cooperation between NATO and members of the Warsaw Pact was initiated.
From 1993 he had various international assignments, and participated in the peace negotiations in Guatemala in 1994, and in the former Yugoslavia from 1995 to 1996 (the Dayton Agreement). He was the Norwegian Ambassador to Lebanon and Syria from 1998 to 2001.
Eide was decorated Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1987. He also became a Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit in 1989.