Reactions to the Death of Retired Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf

(George H.W. Bush riding in a Humvee with Gene...

(George H.W. Bush riding in a Humvee with General Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia, November 22, 1990) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former President H. W. Bush

Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that ‘Long Gray Line’ hailing from West Point, Gen. Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the ‘duty, service, country’ creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises. More than that, he was a good and decent man – and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife, Brenda, and his wonderful family.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of General Norman Schwarzkopf, whose 35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country.

The son of a decorated Army officer, General Schwarzkopf followed his father’s legacy of service by enrolling in West Point in the 1950s.   His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command.  General Schwarzkopf’s skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition.

In the aftermath of that war, General Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader.  Today, we recall that enduring legacy and remember him as one of the great military giants of the 20th century.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family in this time of sadness and grief.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

An adopted son of Tampa, General Schwarzkopf made his country proud and Tampa even prouder still. He put the United States Central Command on the map, and ushered in a new era at MacDill Air Force Base.  His commitment to his fellow man carried through his retirement, supporting cancer research and children through many organizations like the Ronald McDonald House.

We were proud to call him a Tampanian and honored to have him as a representative of the men and women he was proud to lead.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

With the passing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America lost a great patriot and a great soldier. Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years. The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. ‘Stormin’ Norman’ led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation. He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him. My wife, Alma, joins me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife, Brenda, and to her family.

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

General Schwarzkopf was made of the stuff of heroes.  He was both a great leader and patriot who served his country well.

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