Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Passes Away; Leon Panetta Comments

schwaGen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a retired four-start Army general, died Thursday due to complications related to pneumonia, The Hill reports.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Schwarzkopf was a “giant” in the US military due, in part, to his role in the First Gulf War.

Schwarzkopf was a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former chief of the US Central Command.

In the 1990s, Schwarzkopf also lead the operations to oust Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

He relied heavily on air power and the Pentagon’s arsenal of precision-guided weapons, to drive the forces of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in less than a month and a half.

“General Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved . . . his legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service,” the White House said.

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