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Desert Storm Commander Norman Schwarzkopf Dies

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the nation's top warriors is being remembered for leading troops at war and for civic contributions after his retirement.

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf has died of complications of pneumonia. He was 78.

He was given the popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname, but preferred the one given him by his troops: "The Bear." Schwarzkopf is best known for leading international forces in Iraq in 1991 against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in 1988. There he oversaw the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.

He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa and managed to keep a low profile in the public debate over the second Gulf War against Iraq. He said at one point that he doubted victory would be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon predicted.

 

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