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 SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army, Ret., has joined the board of directors of The Washington Water Power Co. (NYSE: WWP), an investor-owned electric and natural gas utility with operations in five western states. The appointment was announced today by Paul A. Redmond, WWP's chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf's appointment will be effective Nov. 1, 1993, and it is expected he will attend the company's third quarter board meeting scheduled for the end of the first week of November. Gen. Schwarzkopf will stand for election to the board by a vote of company shareholders at WWP's annual meeting in May 1994.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf will also serve on the board of Pentzer Corp., WWP's wholly owned private investment firm and parent firm to the majority of the company's non-utility interests. His appointment to the Pentzer Corporation board will also be effective Nov. 1, 1993.
 "We are deeply honored to have a man of Gen. Schwarzkopf's international stature and reputation join our board of directors," Redmond said. "He is well-respected for his expertise in strategic planning and for his effective human resource and financial management skills. And his understanding of world events makes him an invaluable addition to our board."
 Gen. Schwarzkopf is best known for his service as commander in chief, United States Central Command, and commander of operations for both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In the latter capacity, he coordinated the efforts of all Allied forces from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from August 1990, soon after Iraq invaded Kuwait, until August 1991 when he retired from military service.
 During his years of service, Gen. Schwarzkopf commanded Army units from platoon through corps level. He served two combat tours in the Republic of Viet Nam and later was designated the deputy commander of the joint task force in charge of U.S. forces participating in the Granada rescue operation.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf has been actively involved in conservation efforts throughout his life, and has been particularly involved in introducing major conservation efforts on military installations he commanded in Germany, Alaska and at numerous locations throughout the mainland United States. He is active with the Florida Conservation Association and The Nature Conservancy, and he is the national spokesperson for the Inter- Agency Task Force on the Recovery of the Grizzly Bear.
 "Our company has long demonstrated its commitment to the environment and to effective resource management," Redmond said. "Gen. Schwarzkopf's concern for the environment and his support of wildlife stewardship will serve as an asset, not only in guiding our company, but also in meeting the needs of our customers and the communities we have served for more than a century."
 Since his retirement from the military, Gen. Schwarzkopf has joined the ranks of successful authors with publication of his best selling autobiography, "It Doesn't Take a Hero." He was also named Toastmaster International's best speaker for 1992, and participated in four critically acclaimed CBS television specials.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf's numerous awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Service Medals from the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, three Silver Stars, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars with "V" device, two Purple Hearts, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidel? Medal of Freedom, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Master Parachute Badge.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf's foreign decorations include the United Kingdom Honorary Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the Belgian Order of Leopold, the Saudi Arabia Order of King Abd Al Aziz of the First Class, the Order of Kuwait with the Sash of the Most Excellent Order, the United Arab Emirates Medal of Independence, the Bahrain Decoration of the First Degree, and the Qatar Sash of Independence. Gen. Schwarzkopf was made an honorary private first class in the French Foreign Legion, the only American man ever so honored.
 Beyond his military experience, Gen. Schwarzkopf is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Richmond and a member of the Borg- Warner Security Corp. board of directors. He is also involved in numerous charitable organizations.
 Gen. Schwarzkopf is married to the former Brenda Holsinger. The Schwarzkopf's have three children, Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.
 Washington Water Power serves electricity and natural gas primarily in the Inland Northwest region of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. WWP provides electric service to about 264,000 customers and natural gas service to about 116,000 customers in its 26,000-square-mile Inland Northwest service territory. WP Natural Gas, a WWP operating division, provides natural gas service to about 70,000 customers in parts of Oregon and northern California.
 Pentzer Corp. activities include operations in energy services, real estate, financial services and technology development.
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