General Mark Hertling retired in 2013 after serving almost four decades in the US Army. At the time of his retirement, he commanded US Army Europe and Seventh Army, where he led over forty thousand soldiers, cared for over one hundred thousand family members, and partnered with the armies of fifty countries in the European theater. In 2013, Hertling became a senior vice president at Florida Hospital. In retirement, he was appointed by President Obama to be one of twenty-five members of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Hertling serves as a military analyst for CNN, and he speaks and acts passionately on the subjects of leadership, national security, and health trends. Hertling holds a bachelor of science degree from the US Military Academy in 1975, and is a graduate of the Army's Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. He holds masters of arts degrees in military art and history and international security studies, and a master of science in exercise physiology from Indiana University. He holds numerous military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. He has also received awards from the governments of Germany, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.