Former USAA CEO Robles passes away after long battle with Parkinson’s

Former USAA CEO and two-star general Joe Robles Jr passed away on Thursday evening after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Robles served as USAA’s president and CEO from 2007 to 2015, and was diagnosed with the disease months after retiring.

He served in the US Army for over 28 years spanning the 1960s through the 1990s, including the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.

Following his retirement as an Army general in 1994, Robles joined USAA as a special assistant to the chairman and took on more responsibilities at the company until he was named president and CEO in December 2007.

Current USAA president and CEO Wayne Peacock described Robles as a “soldier at his core”.

“With nearly three decades of service to the Army, Joe knew what it meant to serve and he brought that experience to USAA,” Peacock said in a statement on Thursday.

“As CEO, he led the association through the largest period of growth in our history and fostered a culture of innovation to better serve the military community and their families,” he continued.

“His legacy continues through the service we provide every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with Patty and their children during this difficult time,” Peacock concluded.