Robert B. Abrams

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Robert B. Abrams
General Robert B. Abrams in OCP.jpg
Gen. Robert B. Abrams, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command
Nickname(s) Abe
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 55)[1]
Germany
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1982–present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Unit United States Army Forces Command
Commands held United States Army Forces Command
1st Battalion - 8th Cavalry Regiment
Fort Irwin & the National Training Center (NTC)
3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (6)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Relations GEN Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (father)
BG Creighton W. Abrams III (brother)
GEN John N. Abrams (brother)

Robert Bruce “Abe” Abrams (born November 18, 1960) is a four-star general in the United States Army who currently serves as the 22nd commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command. He is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy where he was commissioned as an Armor officer. During his 33 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 was former Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton W. Abrams Jr. He assumed his current assignment on August 10, 2015.

Assignments[edit]

Abrams' tours of duty with warfighting units include the 3rd Armored Division as a Lieutenant; the 1st 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 3rd 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-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA).

Commands[edit]

General Abrams has commanded at every level from Company through Divisional command. His first command was 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. Abrams's next command assignment was at battalion level, back home at 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment (Mustangs), 1st Cavalry Division.

Later, Abrams served as 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, as Commanding General of Fort Irwin & the National Training Center (NTC), and most recently as Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, during which he served as Commander of Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Gen. Abrams has extensive operational experience, having served as an Operations Officer at Squadron, Regimental and Divisional level. Abrams has also served as an instructor, written doctrine and developed training at the US Army Armor School, and as executive officer to the Commanding General US Army Europe and 7th Army.

Abrams's General Officer assignments also include service as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center-Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 2015, General Abrams was assigned as Commander, United States Army Forces Command, which oversees all U.S. Army combat units in the continental United States.

Education[edit]

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 [Cavalry] and Advanced Courses, Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School [Class 5-83], the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Parachutist Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
1st Cavalry Division - Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.svg 1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
1-8cav.gif 8th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one silver oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
Us sa-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Us kw-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

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References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Mark A. Milley
Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command
2015-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent