On his retirement, Lt. General Sanchez was the highest ranking Latino in the United States Army. In his 33 years of services to our county he earned top military assignments.

Among his top assignments was battalion commander during Operation Desert Storm where he led his unit, the 197th Infantry Brigade, to Basra without suffering any casualties. Soon after, he was promoted to Colonel and commanded the 2nd Brigade of the First Infantry Division.

While serving in Kosovo, he was promoted to Major General in command of the First Armored Division in Iraq. Then in 2003, he was promoted Lt. General in command of coalition forces in Iraq. During his command in Iraq, Saddam Hussein was captured.

I grew up in one of the poorest counties in the United States of America. At the age of fifteen, when the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps came to my high school, I immediately signed up. I loved the military from the very beginning. And by the time I was a junior in high school, I knew it would be my vehicle out of poverty. Today, after thirty-three years in the U.S. Army, I can look back with pride on a period of active duty that spanned from the Vietnam era to ground combat in Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Iraq. But my military career ended at a place called Abu Ghraib.

Excerpt from the Preface

‘Wiser in Battle’

by Ricardo S. Sanchez




Lt. General Ricardo S. Sanchez

Retired 2006

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