Schwarzkopf had a distinguished Army career lasting 35 years (1956-1991). He graduated from and later taught at the US Military Academy (West Point) and was highly decorated for his service in the Vietnam War. In 1988 Schwarzkopf assumed command of US Central Command and served in that position during the Gulf War. He led Operation Desert Storm, which was considered an incredibly successful military campaign. He retired from the Army in 1991 and died in 2012, leaving behind him a positive military legacy.