Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

Born in Trenton, NJ, August 22, 1934, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. graduated from West Point in 1956 and rose through the ranks, becoming a four-star General. Gen. Schwarzkopf commanded Operation Desert Storm, driving out Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991. While he was known to many as “Stormin’ Norman,” the men under his command called him “The Bear.” He died December 27, 2012, from complications with pneumonia.

Here are some of his comments on leadership and war:

  1. “When placed in command, take charge.”
  2. “Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”
  3. “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
  4. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.”
  5. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

    “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle.”

  6. “Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar; and still there are things worth fighting for.”
  7. “You learn far more from negative leadership than positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it.”
  8. “War is a profane thing.”
  9. “True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”
  10. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

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