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International Hero and Former Gulf War General 

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He set his star by a simple motto:  duty, honor, country.   Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation.  But such a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces during the Persian Gulf War.  Beneath the medals and bravado is a tough yet compassionate General who earned the loyalty of his troops for being a “muddy-boots soldier.”  During his 35 years of service in the U.S. Military, he was awarded many honors including three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

General Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1934.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1956 and earned a mater’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Engineering in 1964.

General Schwarzkopf has served in numerous and varied command and staff assignments throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific.   During his years of service, he commanded Army units from platoon through corps level. 

He served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam and attained the rank of general in 1978.  In 1983 he was designated the Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in the Grenada student rescue operation.   In 1988 he was appointed to head the U.S. Central Command.  After Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, he was responsible for planning and executing Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  After the war, he retired from the military.

Since his retirement from the military, Schwarzkopf has joined the ranks of successful authors with the publication of his best selling autobiography,  It Doesn’t Take a Hero, and has participated in six critically acclaimed television specials, including the Peabody Award winning special, D-Day.  He is currently working as a consultant with NBC.

Schwarzkopf has been actively involved in conservation throughout his life and is currently serving on the Nature Conservancy’s President Conservation Council and is the national spokesperson for the Recovery of the Grizzly Bear.  Additionally, the General is chairman of the STARBRIGHT Capital Campaign, which strives to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children; co-founder with Paul Newman of the Boggy Creek Gang, a year-round camp in Florida for children with chronic illness; national spokesperson for prostate cancer awareness and member of the board of Cap CURE.  He also served as the chairman of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s March on Washington.

 

 

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