National News
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies
By Jennifer Alcaraz
Dec 27, 2012 - 5:42:14 PM

TAMPA, FL—General H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday, December 27 at the age of 78 in Tampa, Florida. General Schwarzkopf was notorious for his military career by commanding the U.S. conducted international alliance, which drove Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait in 1991.


He kept himself out of the public during the controversies of the second Gulf War against Iraq. He served his last military assignment in Tampa as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, the center of operations in charge for U.S. military and security concerns in about 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean, Africa and Pakistan.


He was referred to as “Stormin’ Norman” due to his explosive temper. Schwarzkopf was a combat soldier during the Vietnam War, where he served for two tours of duty. The first tour he was a U.S. adviser to South Vietnamese paratroops and the second he served as a battalion commander in the U.S. Army’s American Division. He received three Silver Stars for valor-including one for saving troops from a minefield and a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and three Service Medals. After many officers concluded their service in the military, Schwarkopf decided to stay and assist in rebuilding the remaining Army into an all-volunteer force.

General Norman Schwarzkopf


In 1998, he became “CINC-Centcom” and he commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition to drive Iraqis out of their country of about 30 countries organized by President George H.W. Bush, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait three years after to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves. Later in the presidential elections of 2000, he campaigned for President George W. Bush.


Three years later, however, he was unsure and doubted the invasion of Iraq to be a successful operation. In late 2004, he criticized then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon for mistakes such as inadequate training for Army reservists sent to Iraq and mistaken judgments about Iraq.


General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was born August 24, 1934, in Trenton, N.J. His father was Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. who was founder and commander of the New Jersey Sate Police. When he was a teenager, Norman accompanied his father to Iran in a mission to train the country’s national police force and his father was also an adviser to Reza Pahlavi, the young Shah of Iran.


He studied in Iran as well as in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and then following his father’s footsteps attended West Point where he obtained a degree in engineering in 1956. He continued on at the University of Southern California where he obtained a mater’s degree in engineering and taught missile engineering at West Point later. He wrote a best-selling autobiography in 1992, “It Doesn’t Take A Hero.” He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and received decorations from Belgium, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, Britain, United Arab Emirates and France.


He was a national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness as well as for Recovery of the Grizzly Bear. He served on the Nature Conservancy board of governors and was active in different charities benefiting children who are chronically ill.  Gen. Schwarzkopf had three children with his wife Brenda: Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.


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