Vincent K. Brooks

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Vincent K. Brooks
General Vincent K. Brooks in ACUs.jpg
General Vincent K. Brooks, USA
Born (1958-10-24) October 24, 1958 (age 56)
Anchorage, Alaska
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands held U.S. Army Pacific
Third Army
1st Infantry Division
1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

Kosovo War
War on Terror

Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (8)
Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)

Vincent Keith Brooks (born October 24, 1958) is a United States Army general who is the current commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific. He previously served as commanding general of the Third Army.[1] 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 The Pentagon. He later was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. General Brooks assumed his current assignment on July 2, 2013.


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.[2][3] He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, for two years and then Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, and graduated in 1976. He attended the United States Military Academy where he rose to the rank of Cadet First Captain, the highest position (Cadet Brigade Commander), a cadet can hold. He was the first African-American cadet to hold this prestigious position. He graduated from West Point in 1980.

Military service[edit]

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, an appointment that brought much public visibility at an early age in life. After graduating in 1980, 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.[4]


  • "We are role models to a lot of young people, not just African Americans and soldiers," [1]
  • "People can see the achievement and how hard work leads to it." [2]


  1. ^ "Lt. Gen. Brooks assumed command of Third Army". DVIDS. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Boeing Corporation, Biography, Leo A. Brooks, Jr., 2011
  3. ^ Virginia State University Alumni Association, Alumni in the military, Leo A. Brooks, Sr., accessed May 7, 2013
  4. ^ Chandrasekaran, Rajiv (29 December 2013). "Army’s ‘Pacific Pathways’ initiative sets up turf battle with Marines". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
BG Perry L. Wiggins
Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
MG William C. Mayville
Preceded by
LTG William G. Webster
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
Succeeded by
LTG James L. Terry
Preceded by
LTG Francis “Frank” Wiercinski
Commander of the United States Army Pacific
Succeeded by