Robert B. Abrams
|Robert B. Abrams|
Gen. Robert B. Abrams, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command
November 18, 1960 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1982–present|
|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 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. His father was former Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton W. Abrams Jr. He assumed his current assignment on August 10, 2015.
Abrams' tours of duty with warfighting units include the 3rd Armored Division 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).
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 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 Commander, United States Army Forces Command, which oversees all U.S. Army combat units in the continental United States.
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
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with one silver oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters|
|Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster|
|Valorous Unit Award|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze campaign stars|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4|
|NATO Medal for Service with ISAF|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
- "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy". Association of Graduates, USMA. 18 July 1991 – via Google Books.
- "BG Abrams Bio" (PDF).
- "BG Abrams bio on DoD" (PDF).
Mark A. Milley
|Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command