After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Schwarzkopf directed 700,000 coalition troops that engaged in a six-week air assault of Iraqi forces in January 1991. That was followed by a swift ground campaign that pushed the Iraqis out of Kuwait.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army. The officer served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
In 1988, Schwarzkopf was appointed commander of U.S. Central Command.
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