2014 Spring General Meeting Speaker Spotlight: Mark Hertling

work-photo Since February 2013, Mark Hertling is leading programs for Global Strategy, Physician Leadership Development, and the “Healthy 100” at the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando. Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Mark served for nearly four decades in the US Army. At the time of his retirement, he was Commanding General of US Army Europe, where he led over 40,000 soldiers, cared for over 100,000 family members, and partnered with the armies of 50 countries in Europe. LTG Hertling commanded units at every level, to include the Army’s 1st Armored Division in combat, and is one of a few individuals who have deployed three times with the “Old Ironsides” Division to combat. He has also Commanded training organizations at the National Training Center in California and the Joint Multi-National Training Center in Germany.

Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) in 1975, Mark is also a graduate of the Army’s Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. He holds Masters Degrees in History and International Relations from these institutions, and he also earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University; after receiving that degree, he taught Physical Education at West Point for three years. He holds many military awards — to include 3 awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, 4 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, Paratrooper Wings, and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor – and he has also received military valor awards from Germany, Poland, Romania and Georgia.

In addition to working with Florida Hospital, Mark serves on an Advisory Panel of the non-profit organization “Mission Readiness,” and he serves as an advisor to “World T.E.A.M. (The Exception Athlete Matters) Sports,” a non-profit organization helping challenged athletes reach their goals. President Obama recently appointed him as one of 18 members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. He acts and speaks passionately on leadership, national security issues, and health trends.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, Todd and Scott, and a daughter-in-law, Lauren, who have all served multiple combat tours as active duty Soldiers. Their other daughter-in-law, Karen, is a teacher and the mother of their grandsons, Ryan and Ethan. He loves being with family, reading history, bicycling, and any form of athletic activity.

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