Vincent K. Brooks
|Vincent K. Brooks|
General Vincent K. Brooks, USA
October 24, 1958 |
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–present|
|Commands held||United States Forces Korea
United Nations Command
ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command
U.S. Army Pacific
1st Infantry Division
1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (8)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)
Army Achievement Medal (3)
Vincent Keith Brooks (born October 24, 1958) is a United States Army general who is the current commander of United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command and ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command. He previously served as commanding general of the United States Army Pacific and before that as the commanding general of Third Army. Brooks was the United States Army's Deputy Director of Operations during the War in Iraq, and frequently briefed the media, which raised his public profile. He also served as the Chief of Army Public Affairs The Pentagon. He later was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. General Brooks assumed his current assignment on April 30, 2016.
Brooks was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He grew up in an Army family in California, and his father Major General Leo A. Brooks Sr. and brother Brigadier General Leo A. Brooks Jr. both retired after careers in the Army. His uncle, Francis K. Brooks was the majority leader of the Vermont House of Representatives and a member of the Vermont Senate. Vincent Brooks attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, for two years and then Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, and graduated in 1976. He was a basketball player and he decided to follow his brother to West Point to study to become an officer.
At West Point, Brooks was the academy's first African-American Cadet First Captain, the highest position (Cadet Brigade Commander) a cadet can hold, an appointment that brought much public visibility at an early age in life. He graduated from West Point in 1980. After graduating Brooks served in Korea and Kosovo among other places. In Kosovo he concurrently served as the deputy commander of the U.S. force in Kosovo (Task Force Falcon) and as commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. From that position he moved to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. While serving there he was temporarily assigned to be Deputy Director of Operations at U.S. Central Command or CENTCOM. Returning to the Pentagon and The Joint Staff in April 2003 he became the Strategic Planner for the War on Terrorism.
In his role as Deputy Director of Operations he also became the spokesperson of United States Central Command, the main force in the Middle East. At that time he was the youngest general officer in the Army. He served as the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas April 2009 to May 2011 and then became 3rd Army Commanding General.
As part of the "Asia Pivot" of the East Asian foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration, Brooks envisions a "Pacific Pathways" of a single US Army unit that would wander the countries of the region.
- "We are role models to a lot of young people, not just African Americans and soldiers".
- "People can see the achievement and how hard work leads to it."
Awards and decorations
- "Lt. Gen. Brooks assumed command of Third Army". DVIDS. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- Boeing Corporation, Biography, Leo A. Brooks, Jr., 2011
- Virginia State University Alumni Association, Alumni in the military, Leo A. Brooks, Sr., accessed May 7, 2013
- Hawkins, Walter L. Black American Military Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-0-7864-4462-5.
- Secretary of the Vermont Senate. "Biography, Senator Francis K. Brooks". Vermont General Assembly. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Senate. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Chandrasekaran, Rajiv (29 December 2013). "Army's 'Pacific Pathways' initiative sets up turf battle with Marines". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Release No: NR-101-16: Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Gen. Vincent K. Brooks" (Press release). Washington, DC: Press Operations. U.S. Department of Defense. March 21, 2016.
- "Who is Brigadier General Vincent Brooks?". Barzey.com.
- Reef, Catherine (2014). African Americans in the Military. Infobase Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4381-0775-2.
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|Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division
William C. Mayville
William G. Webster
|Commanding General of the Third United States Army
James L. Terry
Francis J. Wiercinski
|Commander of the United States Army Pacific
Robert B. Brown
Curtis M. Scaparrotti
|Commander of the United States Forces Korea
30 April 2016–present