NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE DEDICATES CONFERENCE ROOM TO GENERAL SCOWCROFT
January 13, 2015
FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13, 2015 -- Army Brigadier General Guy T. Cosentino, commandant of the National War College hosted a ceremony held in Arnold Auditorium, where Army General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dedicated room number 350 of Roosevelt Hall to retired Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft.
Gen. Dempsey remarked that Scowcroft, 89, was “truly the heavyweight of strategic thinking.”
Lt. Gen. Scowcroft expressed his deep appreciation to Gen. Dempsey and Brig. Gen. Cosentino for honoring him at his alma mater. Scowcroft, a graduate of the Class of 1968, said he “almost didn’t come [here].”
After Scowcroft was appointed, he recalled, “I went to my boss and said I don’t think this is a good idea ... I’m already overly academic. I have a Ph.D. I have taught at West Point; I have taught at the Air Force Academy. I don’t need another school.” His boss said, “I think you ought to do it.”
“It was the most fascinating and valuable experience of my life,” Scowcroft said.
Scowcroft stressed that “learning the thought process of other military services and agencies is invaluable.”
Scowcroft’s 29-year military career began when he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1947. He has served for six decades in the national security field and in various principal positions -- most notably as the National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Lt. Gen. Scowcroft is the recipient of many accolades and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany. In 2013, Lt. Gen. Scowcroft was inducted into National Defense University's National Hall of Fame.