WASHINGTON (Dec. 28, 2012) -- "Our nation has lost a Soldier and Statesman with the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf. Our prayers are with his family as we honor the memories of a man dedicated to family, his country and the many Soldiers he led in war and peace. His life story touches on much of the fabric of our nation's story, ensuring his memory will remain with us for generations. Our nation owes a great debt of gratitude to General Schwarzkopf and our Soldiers will hold a special place in their hearts for this great leader. While much will be written in coming days of his many accomplishments, his most lasting and important legacies are the tremendous Soldiers he trained and led."