Robert B. Abrams
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Lieutenant General Robert B. “Abe” Abrams (born 1960) is the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy where he was commissioned as an Armor officer. During his 29 years of service he has served in command and staff positions across the Army and Joint Community in Germany, the United States and Southwest Asia. His father is the late General Creighton Williams Abrams Jr.
His tours of duty with warfighting units include the Third Armored Division as a Lieutenant; the First Cavalry Division as a Captain, Lieutenant Colonel (including Battalion Command and as the Division G3) and Colonel (including Command of a Brigade Combat Team and as the Division Chief of Staff); and as a Major in the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. His joint experience includes serving as a Strategic War Planner for the CJCS with responsibility for the CENTCOM Area of Operations; and as the Director of the Joint Center of Excellence for IED Defeat, a subordinate of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).
Lieutenant General Abrams has commanded at every level from Company through 1 star Command including command of D Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment where he deployed the Company in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; His next command assignment was at the battalion level, back home at the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment(Mustangs), 1st Cavalry Division. later as the Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Iron Horse), 1st Cavalry Division where he deployed the BCT to East Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II; and most recently as the Commanding General of Fort Irwin & the National Training Center (NTC). He has extensive operational experience having served as an Operations Officer at Squadron, Regimental and Division level. Lieutenant General Abrams has also served as an instructor, doctrine writer and training developer at the US Army Armor School, and as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General US Army Europe and 7th Army.
Lieutenant General Abrams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy; a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University; and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His military schooling includes the Armor Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.