U.S. Army General and CENTCOM Commander who oversaw American military action in the Middle East after 9/11.
He was commissioned as a second infantry lieutenant following his 1973 graduation from West Point.
He testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2006.
His mother died of cancer when he was young, and his father, a World War II Navy machinist, raised him.
He was mentioned in Bob Woodward's book, State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III.