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Mark Hertling    

National Security & Military Analyst for CNN; Retired Lieutenant General in US Army

Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling spent 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, serving at every level from tank platoon leader on the East-West German border to Commander of the 7th Army. He retired in December 2012, after serving as the Commanding General of US Army, Europe (USAREUR), where he led over 60,000 soldiers and partnered with the Armies of 51 nations.

LTG Hertling saw a total of 38 months in combat – as a major in a cavalry squadron during Desert Storm, as an Assistant Division Commander in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad in 2003-4, and as the Commander of 1st Armored Division and Multinational Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq in 2007-8. His other commands include the Army’s Initial Military Training Command (Basic Training), the Army’s National Training Center in California, the Joint Multinational Training Center in Europe, an Armored Brigade Combat Team focused on reinforcing the Korean Peninsula, and the Army’s first Stryker Brigade. Hertling was the Joint Staff War Planner at the Pentagon (J7) on 9/11.

After retiring from the Army, LTG Hertling became a Senior Vice President for a major healthcare organization in Orlando from 2013-2018. Since 2018 he has also advised on and taught healthcare leadership at multiple other healthcare systems throughout the United States, while also being an active public speaker on leadership, national security issues, and healthcare.

President Biden appointed Hertling to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition in 2014, and in 2021 he was appointed by President Biden to the American Battle Monuments Commission. Hertling was an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute from 2014-2020, and since 2020 he serves as an adjunct professor of strategic leadership at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. Hertling is an executive member of the Dean's Alliance at Indiana University’s School of Public Health, and also serves on several other pro-bono advisory boards. Since 2013, Hertling has been a military and national security analyst for CNN/CNN International.

Hertling received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 and taught in the Department of Physical Education at his alma mater from 1983-86. He is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and the National War College. He also earned a Masters’ Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, and in 2019 received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award from IU, Bloomington. Also in 2019, Hertling completed a Doctorate from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, defending a thesis addressing approaches to leadership in the healthcare industry.

Among Hertling’s military awards and decorations are three Distinguished Service Medals, five Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and awards from the governments of Romania, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He has received Leadership Awards from the NFL, the Eisenhower Academy of Sports, the Boy Scouts of America, Indiana University, and the City of Orlando.

Hertling is married to his best friend, Sue, and they now reside in Flagler Beach, Florida. They have two sons, and five grandsons.

Speech Topics

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: The Strategies and Tactics of 21st Century Conventional War

Growing Leaders In Any Organization: The Four Required Elements of Leadership Most Don't Consider

Growing Healthcare Leaders

Building Trust with the Media

War Stories: Life Lessons from the Battlefield


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