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Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (ret.) (1928-2018) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1946 and went on to serve in uniform for 39 years in various command and staff assignments to include combat service in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His last assignment before retirement was as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps. Following his service in uniform he started a second career as a journalist and analyst of military affairs. From 1986 to 1990 he served as the chief military correspondent of the New York Times. After that he directed the National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (1990-1996) and later served as Senior Fellow for National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations. A frequent media commentator he is, with Michael R. Gordon, the author of a trilogy of books about the United States’ wars in Iraq: The Generals War, Cobra II, and The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. Lt. Gen. Trainor was a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (BA History), the University of Colorado (MA History), and various military schools to include the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air War College.