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Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf buried at West Point

Former vice president Dick Cheney was among those who attended General Norman Schwarzkopf’s burial Thursday.
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Former vice president Dick Cheney was among those who attended General Norman Schwarzkopf’s burial Thursday.

WEST POINT, N.Y. — General Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed ‘‘Stormin’ Norman,’’ graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, soaking up its values: ‘‘Duty, Honor, Country.’’

He married here. He taught here. And on Thursday he was buried here.

His family and friends joined Kuwaiti officials, former secretary of state Colin Powell, former vice president Dick Cheney, gray-clad cadets, and a detail of New Jersey state troopers for a memorial service in the academy’s gothic chapel Thursday afternoon.


His remains were buried afterward at the cemetery on the grounds of the storied military institution.

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‘‘Norman Schwarzkopf, Class of ’56, has come home,’’ Powell said during the service.

Schwarzkopf commanded the US-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 when Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Schwarzkopf was 78 when he died of complications from pneumonia on Dec. 27 in Tampa, where he spent his retirement years.

Though Schwarzkopf was lauded as one of the brighter lights of the ‘‘Long Gray Line’’ of West Point cadets and graduates, his daughter recalled him as a loving family man equally at home in palaces and camping tents.

While Americans knew him as the no-nonsense man in the desert camouflage, his children remember him dressing as a clown and doing magic tricks for children’s parties, Cindy Schwarzkopf said, her voice choked with emotion.


Schwarzkopf served two tours in Vietnam.

The general’s ‘‘Stormin’ Norman’’ nickname — a moniker he never was very fond of — became popular in the lead-up to Operation Desert Storm, the six-week aerial campaign that climaxed with a massive ground offensive Feb. 24-28, 1991.

Iraqis were routed from Kuwait in 100 hours before US officials called a halt.

Schwarzkopf was buried near his father, Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the founder and commander of the New Jersey State Police.

Schwarzkopf and his wife, Brenda, had three children: Cynthia, Jessica, and Christian.


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Senate panel vote on Brennan nomination set


WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on John Brennan’s nomination to be director of the CIA, the panel’s leaders said Thursday.

The Democratic leader of the committee had hoped to hold the vote Thursday. But Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, the committee’s vice chairman, said consideration of Brennan’s nomination was delayed because he and other members had not received all the material they had requested from the White House about lethal drone strikes against terror suspects and the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Panel’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said she believes the panel will approve of Brennan’s nomination for a vote by the full Senate.


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