John N. Abrams
John N. Abrams
Abrams as Training and Doctrine Command commander, circa 1998
|Birth name||John Nelson Abrams|
|Born||September 3, 1946|
Cumberland, Maine, U.S.
|Died||August 20, 2018 (aged 71)|
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Place of burial|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–2002|
|Commands held||1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment|
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Joint Task Force Kuwait
2nd Infantry Division
Training and Doctrine Command
Operation Joint Endeavor
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
|Spouse(s)||Cecilia Bosico, m. 1969-2018 (his death)|
|Relations||GEN Creighton Abrams (father)|
BG Creighton W. Abrams III (brother)
GEN Robert B. Abrams (brother)
|Other work||Military analyst, Associated Press|
Abrams was born on September 3, 1946 in Cumberland, Maine. He graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1964, and attended Bowling Green University before deciding to enlist in the United States Army.
Start of career
Abrams enlisted in the Army on January 16, 1966 and after completion of his initial training he attended Officer Candidate School. He graduated on February 3, 1967 with a commission as a second lieutenant of Armor. Abrams was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood during its training prior to deploying to Vietnam. His Vietnam War combat assignments with the squadron from 1967 to 1969 included platoon leader for B Troop, executive officer for A Troop, commander of A Troop, commander of C Troop, and commander of the squadron's Provisional Rifle Company.
Abrams received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green University in 1972. He received a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1986 as part of his completion of the Army War College. In 2002, he received the honorary degree of Ph.D. in Military Education and Training from Norwich University in 2002.
Abrams' post-Vietnam assignments included instructor in Military Science at the United States Military Academy beginning in 1972. In 1976, he graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He commanded 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from 1983 to 1985. He graduated from the United States Army War College in 1986, and then served as assistant chief staff for plans and operations G-3 for the 3rd Armored Division, followed by promotion to colonel and assignment as division chief staff from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990, Abrams commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. From 1990 to 1991 he was deputy director for operations, readiness and modernization in the Army's Office of the Deputy Chief Staff for Operations and Plans.
After promotion to brigadier general, Abrams served as assistant division commander for the 1st Cavalry Division from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he was commander of the 2nd Infantry Division as a major general. Abrams was promoted to lieutenant general in 1995 and assigned as commander of V Corps, which included participation in Operation Joint Endeavor.
Abrams was deputy commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command from 1997 to 1998, and received promotion to general and assignment as TRADOC's commander in 1998. He served until retiring in 2002.
Awards and Decorations
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Silver Star with oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters|
|Bronze Star with Valor Device and three oak leaf clusters|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Air Medal with award numeral 2|
|Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars|
|Vietnam Service Medal with one silver and one bronze service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 bronze service star|
|Armed Forces Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon with Award numeral 5|
|NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with silver star and two bronze stars|
|Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon|
|Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
After retiring, Abrams became a military analyst for the Associated Press. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Abrams Learning & Information Systems, Inc., a consulting and technology firm.
Death and burial
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John N. Abrams.|
- "General Officer Announcement 334-98". U.S. Department of Defense. June 30, 1998.
- "AP Signs Four-Star General for Military Expertise".
- "Obituary, John N. Abrams". Dignitymemorial.com. Houston, TX: SCI Shared Resources, LLC. August 20, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
- ALIS Inc. Management Team Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Skelton, Ike (November 14, 2002). "Tribute to General John N. Abrams". Congress.gov. Washington, DC: US House of Representatives.
- Sorley, Lewis (1992). "Thunderbolt - From the Battle of the Bulge to Vietnam and Beyond: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times". New York: Simon & Schuster: 294–295.
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