Robert B. Abrams

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Robert B. Abrams
LTG Robert B. Abrams.jpg
LTG Robert B. Abrams, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense
Nickname(s) Abe
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 54)
Germany
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1982-present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit Office of the Secretary of Defense
Commands held 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 Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Iraq Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Combat Action Badge
Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
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 lieutenant general in the United States Army who currently serves as 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.[1] 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. On June 04, 2015, Abrams was nominated for appointment to the rank of general by President Barack Obama and assignment as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command.[2]

Assignments[edit]

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).

Commands[edit]

Lieutenant General Abrams has commanded at every level from Company through 2 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; as the Commanding General of Fort Irwin & the National Training Center (NTC) and most recently as the Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia during which he served as the Regional Command South Commanding General in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 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.

His General Officer assignments include service as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center-Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Education[edit]

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 [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]

Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award
Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

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