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Petraeus: Likes Fruit, Dislikes Crossing the Street

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We all have our idiosyncrasies, and agency heads are no different. Retired general and current CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly has a list of requirements for when he travels, according to the blog The Back Channel.

His request list includes fresh pineapple every night before bed, sliced bananas to top his cereal in the morning, and someone to accompany him on his morning runs on a route devised with no street-crossings.

Petraeus’ requests, while specific, are a far cry from the detailed travel demands of bands like Van Halen, which famously had a 53-page list of requests on tour, including a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed.

CIA spokesman Preston Golson told the blog the list shows a health and safety conscious director.

“The fact of the matter is that Director Petraeus pays a great deal of attention to his health,” he said. “He has a lifelong commitment to physical fitness, and that naturally includes a careful diet.”

Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

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