Former Fort Hood and III Corps commander, GEN Robert W. Cone has died.

Cone was a four-star General who led Fort Hood in one of its darkest times: the shootings by Nidal Hasan.

He is known for his leadership, camaraderie and relationships with those he encouraged in the military and his excellent service to America.

Lt. Gen. Cone deployed to Iraq with III Corps Headquarters and became the Deputy Commanding General for operations, the second highest-ranking military in the United States forces-Iraq until February 2011.

KCEN was embedded in that deployment with General Cone.

Channel 6 Military Analyst Col. Ben Danner (Ret.) was Cone's Public Information Officer during his entire command.

"What struck all of us, I would think is what a poised, intelligent and caring, reflective leader he was," Danner remembers. "If I had to pick two words to describe him as a leader, I think it would be intelligent and caring. I mean, he truly saw commanding soldiers to be a privilege. And he was a thinker."

General Cone was 59 years old.