General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was the Commander of the U.S. Central Command that delivered a decisive victory over Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. In a little over 7 months he liberated Kuwait as mandated by U.N. resolution 678. His giant personality at public press conferences earned Schwarzkopf the nickname Stormin' Norman. He preferred to be known as "the Bear," a nickname given to him by his troops.
He served in the Vietnam War and also played a major role in the invasion of Grenada. Schwarzkopf moved in ranks from Second Lieutenant, Captain to Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces Alaska, Commander of the 1st Brigade of the 9th Infantry Division, Brigadier General of the U.S. Pacific Command, Major General, Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force, Lieutenant General, Commanding General of I Corps at Ft. Lewis, General of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, Army Chief of Staff, General appointed Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command.
He retired after the Gulf War and kept a low profile. Schwarzkopf died on December 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida at age 78 due to complications from pneumonia and is survived by his wife, Brenda, and three children, Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.