Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, has been named to the 2014 Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
McMaster, 51, has been the commander at Fort Benning since June 2012. He has received an appointment to get his third star and has been reassigned as deputy commanding general, futures/director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Fort Eustis, Va. The list of names appear in the May 5 issue of Time magazine, which is available on newsstands and tablets today. It also is available at time.com/time100.
In its 11th year, the list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals.
In the past, the magazine said, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world, it's a list of the most influential people in the world. They're scientists, they're thinkers, they're philosophers, they're leaders, they're icons, they're artists, they're visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people."
George Wright, a spokesman at the Pentagon, said officials don't track the numbers of military personnel who are honored by Time.
Retired Lt. Gen. R.L. "Sam" Wetzel, a former commander at Fort Benning, said it's great that McMaster received the honor, although he's not familiar with it.
"I never heard of it and never heard of anybody getting it," said Wetzel, who served in Korea and Vietnam. "He is deserving."
Some military leaders have described McMaster as a scholar. He has a master's degree and a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina.
Wetzel pointed to his work on a book on Vietnam that might have contributed to the recognition. His thesis criticized the American strategy in Vietnam and was published in a 1997 book titled, "Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam." The book that detailed an accounting of military culpability for the failed conflict generated some controversy in military circles.