Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
--Born August 22, 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey. --Married former Brenda Holsinger. --Three children: Cynthia, Jessica, Christian
- --B.S. in military science, U.S. Military Academy, 1956.
- --Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 1956.
- --M.S. in mechanical science, University of Southern California, 1964.
- --Two tours of duty, Vietnam.
- --Deputy Director, Operation URGENT FURY (Grenada Invasion), 1983.
- --Commanding General, I Corps, Fort Lewis, 1986-87.
- --Awarded fourth-star in 1988.
- --Commander of CENTCOM (Middle East, SW Asia, NE Africa Command), 1988-present.
*Norman Schwarzkopf, also known as "Stormin Norman" and "the Bear" was in charge of all military forces in the Persian Gulf region. Like many American officers, his views of war were shaped by his combat experiences inside Vietnam and has spoken often of the "obscene nature" of war. In his press conferences, he has avoided talking about "kill ratios" and "body counts," seeking to avoid turning Desert Storm into a numbers battle.
His personal style is well-liked by the troops and the American public. A gruff and demanding Army man, he still has time to give a word of encouragement to new troops and tell a joke with junior officers. As a child, he spent time in Iran with his father, also a general, and has continued his studies of Arab history along with the tactics of desert conflict. Intelligent and fluent in French and German, Gen. Schwarzkopf was regarded as essential not only to winning Operation Desert Storm, but maintaining the multinational coalition.
There is little room for Schwarzkopf to grow in the military. The only two positions of higher importance, Chief of Staff of the Army or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff may be unsatisfying to his own personal desires. Retirement may be an option, but there are many Republican political operatives who would love to see the General on Capitol Hill. Considered my many Americans as a hero, the General should be able to choose just about any future for himself.
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