Transcript for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Delivers Retirement Address
And arm except this nation's heartfelt thanks. And godspeed. In the years ahead. Mr. secretary. General Powell. -- -- -- My distinguished. Friends. On the gulf in the Middle East. Distinguished members of congress. Fellow general officers. The very distinguished members. Of the distinguished class of 56 from -- -- -- military academy. -- -- And last but not least. They magnificent. Servicemen and women. The Central Command. Who are so brilliantly represented. Before us today. I gotta tell yeah. No matter how eloquent the orator. No matter how prolific poet. No matter how lyrical. The songwriter. No words can ever capture. The emotions that goes through a person's heart -- -- And here's the National Anthem. And -- the American flag. Representing a country. That he is gladly and proudly served. The last 35 years. All I can say it's one last time. It's a great -- to be a soldier. It's a great day to be an American. The outgoing commander and a change -- command. Supposed to do three things number one welcome. Number two thank. And number -- -- -- And I'm not gonna depart. From that schedule. First of all I want to welcome. Joe -- Charlie. On behalf of the entire -- -- com family. It doesn't seem like almost three years ago. That I stood up here as the incoming commander. Joseph stood out there where Bob Johnson as as the commander troops. At that time -- com -- just come. From the gulf tanker war. And I said in my remarks and if we ought to learn from history. The one thing that we should learn. Is that that vital area of the world. Could call us back again. And I promise that sent com would be ready. No commander. Most commanders. When they give up their command are absolutely convinced. That the incoming commander can never do it as well as they Dennis. And certainly is going to screw up a great command. But I wanted to idea that I don't feel that way for one minute. I can't think of anybody in the united states military anywhere. That is better qualified to come as a cent com commander. I am so proud. That Joseph or is gonna BetaNews accent. And there's no doubt in my mind that under the command of this brilliant lawyer. And strategist. If any challenge arises again. Sent com will be ready -- welcome Charlie welcome.
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