by Allen West on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 8:54pm
General Schwarzkopf was our Coalition Force Commander in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He was a true warrior and not a political General. He helped restore our country’s pride in our military and removed the public specter that had loomed since Vietnam. The victory parade after the First Gulf War was as much for “Stormin’ Norman” and my brother’s generation who had served in those jungles than for us.
I will never forget when our Brigade Task Force, 2d Bde 1st Inf Div, under the Command of COL Tony Moreno was tasked to secure the Safwan Airfield for the surrender talks. I was a young Captain assigned to TF 2-16 Inf, part of 2Bde, as the Fire Support Officer. I and others strained to get a glimpse of the towering stature of the man, General Schwarzkopf. I remember, even though we were not close, when Gen Schwarzkopf turned our way, gave us a thumbs up, to which we stood tall and rendered salutes.
To a great General who led us to victory in what was our first combat operation, I offer a salute.
No mission too difficult, No sacrifice too great.
Duty First Sir!