Robert B. Abrams

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Robert B. Abrams
General Robert B. Abrams Army FORSCOM.jpg
Gen. Robert B. Abrams, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command
Nickname(s) Abe
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 57)[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 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 more than 34 years of active service, he has held command and staff positions across the Army and Joint Community in Germany, the United States and Southwest Asia. Abrams comes from a family of career military officers. His father was former Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton W. Abrams Jr. and both of his older brothers were Army general officers. Abrams is currently the leading candidate to replace Vincent Brooks as the commander of all U.S. forces in Korea.[2] He assumed his current assignment on August 10, 2018.

Assignments[edit]

Abrams' tours of duty with warfighting units include the 3rd Armored Division 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, Bravo Troop as a Lieutenant; the 1st Cavalry Division as a Captain, as a Major in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, as a 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). 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, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 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 from 2011-2013, 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 and the Commander of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

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

On September 17, 2018, the Senate Armed Service Committee's website showed that General Abrams will attend hearings for his confirmation as the head of the United States Forces Korea. If comfirmed, General Abrams will succeed General Vincent K. Brooks.

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 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Medals and awards earned by GEN Abrams;[3][4]

  • Note: The awards here are displayed in the U.S. Navy style, where Unit Awards and Personal Awards are worn together on the wearer's right side. To be correct in accordance with U.S. Army regulation AR 670-1, the Unit Awards (with gold laurel boarders) would be separated and worn on the wearer's left while Personal Awards would be worn on the right. (See Service Member's photo at top of article.)

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Combat Action Badge

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 Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Joint Service Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg
Bronze star
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Bronze star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg
Award numeral 4.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
w/ one silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
w/ three bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
w/ two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal
w/ three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
w/ two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
w/ oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal
w/ one bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal
w/ three bronze campaign stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
w/ one campaign star
Iraq Campaign Medal
w/ two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
w/ bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF Kuwait Liberation Medal
(Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal
(Kuwait)
Identification and service badges
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8th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg
Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg
Ranger tab
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3rd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification 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
Overseas Service Bar
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ASU overseas service bar.jpgASU overseas service bar.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy". Association of Graduates, USMA. 18 July 1991 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Abrams expected to be new USFK commander
  3. ^ "BG Abrams Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-04. 
  4. ^ "BG Abrams bio on DoD" (PDF). 
Military offices
Preceded by
Mark A. Milley
Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command
2015-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent