General Norman Schwartzkopf

General Norman Schwartzkopf Jr. is well known for his leadership of U.S. Central Command and Coalition Forces during the 1st invasion of Iraq and Gulf War during the early 90s.

Many people are not aware of is his life long preparation for that billet beginning in his childhood.  General Schwartzkopf's father had served in the US Army before becoming the New Jersey State Police Superintendent.   His father was the lead investigator on the famous Lindbergh kidnapping case.  His father returned to the Army and rose to the rank of Major General.

At the age of 12, in 1946, he and his family joined their father who was stationed in Tehran, Iran. He attended Community High School in Tehran and became intimately familiar with the Middle East.

His outstanding performance and leadership in one of the most strategically important positions in the U.S. Military is a direct result of lifelong study, preparation, dedication and effort.









Resources

It Doesn't Take a Hero : The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

In the Eye of the Storm: The Life of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf

 

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