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Gen. Alexander Haig, one of the Naval War College's most distinguished graduates, died Feb. 20 at the age of 85 in Baltimore, Md.  As a major, Haig graduated from NWC's College of Naval Command and Staff in 1960.

Looking back at NWC's 1984 Current Strategy Forum, Haig delivered an address.

NEWPORT, R.I. (1984) General and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig departs to a standing ovation in Spruance Auditorium following a presentation at the Naval War College's annual Current Strategy Forum.  He is being escorted by then Chief of Staff Capt. Bob Watts (left). (U.S. Navy file photo)
NEWPORT, R.I. (Summer 1984) General and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig departs to a standing ovation in Spruance Auditorium following a presentation at the Naval War College's annual Current Strategy Forum.  He is being escorted by then Chief of Staff Capt. Bob Watts (left). (U.S. Navy file photo)

NEWPORT, R.I. (Summer 1984) General and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig departs Spruance Lobby, accompanied by then Naval War College President Rear Adm. Jim Service (right) at the Current Strategy Forum.  (U.S. Navy file photo)
NEWPORT, R.I. (Summer 1984) General and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig departs Spruance Lobby, accompanied by then Naval War College President Rear Adm. Jim Service (right) at the Current Strategy Forum.  (U.S. Navy file photo)

Statement by the President on the Passing of Alexander Haig

Today we mourn the loss of Alexander Haig, a great American who served our country with distinction.  General Haig exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service.  He enjoyed a remarkable and decorated career, rising to become a four-star general and serving as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe before also serving as Secretary of State.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.