The Army has lost one of its own this weekend.
Retired Army Gen. Raymond Odierno has passed away at the age of 67.
His death came at the end of a long battle with cancer.
Odierno has a very long and distinguished career.
He entered the Army after graduating from West Point in 1976 and served until his retirement in 2015.
Among his many awards are the Bronze Star, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Among his many commands was the 4th Infantry Division during the US invasion of Iraq.
In 2006, he became the commander of the Multi-National Corps – Iraq.
Then, in 2008, he was given command of US forces in Iraq.
His time in Iraq noted a significant shift in how military operations were conducted, winning him praise among many that worked with him during this span of time.
Rep. Stefanik (R-N.Y.) called him “a true American hero and dedicated patriot.”
Upon his passing, former President Barack Obama praised his “integrity and honor,” adding, “It’s why I trusted him to help come up with the plan to withdraw US combat forces from Iraq, and to execute it in a way that kept our forces and the Iraqi people safe.
“… Today, our military is stronger and the world is safer thanks to Ray’s service, and for that I will always be grateful.”
Source: Just the News