About 

  • Lieutenant General Mark Hertling is a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN. He served for 37 years in the US Army, retiring as the Commanding General, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. In that final posting, he commanded over 60,000 Soldiers and cared for over 100,000 civilian workers and family members stationed throughout Europe, and he also engaged, trained with, and conducted exercises with 51 countries in Europe, and the nation of Israel.

    Hertling spent over three years in combat during his career. He was the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad in 2003 to 2004, and he later commanded that same Division in Germany, preparing it to become the 30,000-strong US Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq from 2007 to 2009. Task Force Iron was based in Tikrit as Multinational Division-North (MND-N) during the "surge." During that period, MND-N conducted operations with five different Iraqi Army divisions from October 2007 until December 2008.

    Hertling also commanded Initial Military Training (IMT) from 2009 to 2011. In that role, he was responsible for the initial training of approximately 160,000 officers and enlisted Soldiers entering U.S. Army training at 27 installations across the United States. Hertling led significant change in training methods, revising the Army's Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills and developed innovative training in rifle marksmanship, combatives, values instruction, first-aid, and cultural training. His introduction of the "Soldier-Athlete" initiative brought changes in Physical Readiness Training and performance nutrition.

    Throughout his military career, Hertling saw alternating assignment between operational and training postings. He was considered to be a skilled trainer and a Soldier-focused leader and commander. He served or commanded at every level from Platoon to Field Army, and he has led training at all of the Combat Training Centers in the United States and the Joint-Multinational Training Center in Germany. He served as the Chief of War Plans (J7) on the Joint Staff, and was in that position on 9/11.

    Since retiring from the Army on 1 January 2013, Hertling has become an advisor on Global Strategy and Physician Leadership for Florida Hospital in Orlando. In September 2013, Hertling was appointed by President Obama as one of 25 members to the President's Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. He also serves as a senior advisor to "Mission Readiness," a non-profit, bipartisan organization of retired military leaders who call for smart investments for America's youth, as an advisor to "Operation Gratitude," a California-based organization which supports deployed service members, and he serves as a board member for World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sport, an organization providing opportunities for physically challenged athletes. Hertling is an energetic and passionate public speaker on leadership, strategy, physical fitness and eliminating obesity, and American youth.