One of America's best-known heroes will address Valley business and civic leaders at The University of Texas-Pan American.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, whose military career has spanned nearly a half-century, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 as part of The UTPA Foundation's Outstanding Leadership Series. All proceeds from the event will be used for student scholarships.
The Outstanding Leadership Series is an effort on the part of the UTPA Foundation to bring national and international leaders to South Texas.
"General Schwarzkopf is a great American, and we believe that it's important for our local business and civic leaders to hear what he has to say," said Roy Martinez, chairman of the UTPA Foundation Board of Trustees.
Schwarzkopf is best known for his services as Commander in Chief, United States Central Command, and Commander of Operations of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, N.J, graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1956, and earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California School of Engineering in 1964. He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, attained the rank of general in 1978, and in October 1983 was named deputy commander of U.S. forces during the Grenada student rescue operation.
During his years of service, Schwarzkopf commanded Army units from platoon through corps level in locations that include Berlin, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and the Pacific. In 1988, he was appointed commander in chief of United States Central Command.
After Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, he was responsible for planning and executing Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the U.S.-led multinational campaign that liberated Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He continued to lead military operations in that region until he retired in August 1991.
During his military career, Schwarzkopf was awarded numerous honors, including three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was made an honorary private first class in the French Foreign Legion, the only American man to be so honored.
Since retiring, he has written a best-selling autobiography, "It Doesn't Take a Hero," and is working as a consultant with NBC. He also has served on several boards dedicated to conservation and public health, including serving as a national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness and chairing a march for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
Civilian awards include being named Father of the Year in 1991, the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence, the Living Legends award from the M.D. Anderson Foundation and the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.
For more information on the Outstanding Leadership Series presentation by General Norman Schwarzkopf, contact the UTPA Development Office at 956/381-3361.