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Robert Bruce Abrams (born November 18, 1960) is a four-star general in the United States Army who currently serves as the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.[2] He concurrently serves as the commander of United Nations Command and commander of R.O.K.-U.S. Combined Forces Command. He previously served as the 22nd commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command from August 10, 2015 to October 17, 2017. He is a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy where he was commissioned as an Armor officer. During his years of active service, he has held command and staff positions across the Army and Joint Community in Germany, the United States, Southwest Asia and the Republic of Korea. 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.[3]

Robert B. Abrams
Robert Abrams Korea 2018.jpg
Robert B. Abrams as Commander, U.S. Forces Korea in 2017
Nickname(s)Abe
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 58)[1]
Germany
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1982–present
RankArmy-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands heldCompany D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment
1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC)
3rd Infantry Division
U.S. Army Forces Command
U.S. Forces Korea
Battles/warsOperation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (6)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
RelationsGEN Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (father)
BG Creighton W. Abrams III (brother)
GEN John N. Abrams (brother)

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AssignmentsEdit

Abrams' tours of duty with war-fighting units include the 3rd Armored Division as a lieutenant; the 1st Cavalry Division as a captain, and 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 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with responsibility for the U.S. Central Command's 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).

CommandsEdit

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 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 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, 2017, the Senate Armed Service Committee's website showed that General Abrams was scheduled to attend a hearing on his nomination to command U.S. Forces Korea. The Senate confirmed his nomination on October 11, 2017.[4] General Abrams relinquished command of Army Forces Command to its deputy commander, Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, on October 16, 2017.[5] Abrams assumed command of U.S. Forces Korea from General Vincent Brooks on November 7, 2017.[3]

EducationEdit

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 decorationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy". Association of Graduates, USMA. 18 July 1991 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Commander UNC/CFC/USFK, Gen. Robert B. Abrams
  3. ^ a b Abrams takes command of USFK amid nuclear talks with North Korea
  4. ^ Kheel, Rebecca (2017-10-12). "U.S. commanders for troops in South Korea, South America confirmed by Senate". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  5. ^ Eve Meinhardt, FORSCOM (October 17, 2017) Abrams relinquishes command of FORSCOM
  6. ^ "BG Abrams Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-04.
  7. ^ "BG Abrams bio on DoD" (PDF).
  8. ^ "USFK Change of Command". DoD.
  9. ^ "USFK Change of Command". DoD.
Military offices
Preceded by
Mark A. Milley
Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command
2015-2018
Succeeded by
Laura J. Richardson
Preceded by
Vincent K. Brooks
Commanding General of United States Forces Korea
2018-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent