Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling joined the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in September 2013. Mark served for almost four decades in the US Army, and at the time of his retirement he was Commanding General of US Army, Europe. During his career, Mark also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training, where he initiated reforms in the training, values, and skills programs for new recruits and newly commissioned officers in the Army. Two of those reforms were the “Soldier-Athlete Initiative,” and the “Fueling the Soldier Initiative,” both designed to improve the physical conditioning and nutritional health of civilians joining the military.
During his military career, LTG Hertling commanded training organizations at the Army’s National Training Center (Ft Irwin, California) and the Joint Multi-National Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He served for over three years in combat, and commanded the Army’s 1st Armored Division (1AD) in Northern Iraq in 2007-8.
Mark was a NCAA Division 1 Swimmer and Water Polo player at West Point, and he received his Bachelor of Science there in 1975. He also holds Masters Degrees in History and International Relations, as well as a Master's in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University, which he gained prior to teaching in the Department of Physical Education at West Point. Mark is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the Crummer School of Business, Rollins College.
LTG Hertling's multiple military honors include 3 awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, six awards of the Legion of Merit, five Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He also received the Gold Cross of Honor of the German Army, the Romanian Land Forces Emblem of Honor, and the Polish Soldier’s Medal of Honor. He is a life member of the Purple Heart Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and he is a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
In his second career, Mark serves with the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando, overseeing programs in health performance strategies and physician leadership, and in May 2016 he published a book entitled Growing Physician Leaders. He also acts as a military analyst for CNN. Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons and two grandsons.