Governor Rick Scott today presented a “Great Floridian” award to Brenda Schwarzkopf on behalf of her late husband United States General and Commander Norman Schwarzkopf. General Schwarzkopf was Commander in Chief of U.S. Forces in Operation Desert Shield and remained active with local community efforts and charities until his passing in December 2012.
Governor Scott said, “General Schwarzkopf was an American hero who brought his leadership from the battlefield in the Persian Gulf to communities of Florida, fighting against prostate cancer and for children. His leadership and determination to remain active after retirement is an inspiration to us all. It is my distinct honor to recognize General Schwarzkopf with the ‘Great Floridian’ Award.”
The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command said, “This fitting and most-deserved award is being presented to one of our nation’s greatest military leaders and patriots. Throughout his life and career spent in service to his country, General Norman Schwarzkopf exemplified the very best qualities of a Leader and Soldier. He inspired his troops and always led from the front, and without a doubt America is stronger, safer and the United States Army is more capable and confident as a direct result of his efforts and sacrifice.”
Only 72 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others.