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Robert B. Abrams
General Robert B. Abrams Army FORSCOM.jpg
Gen. Robert B. Abrams, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command
Nickname Abe
Born November 18, 1960(1960-11-18) (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Germany
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1982–present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09 General
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 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. 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. Abrams is currently the leading candidate to replace Vincent Brooks as the commander of all U.S. forces in Korea.[2] 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 Commanding General, U.S. 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 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Combat Action Badge Combat Action Badge
Ranger Tab Ranger tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge Basic Parachutist Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
3rd Infantry Division CSIB 3rd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
1-8cav 8th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB 4 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver oakleaf-3d
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with one silver oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3d Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svgBronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3d Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation ribbon Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svgBronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3d Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svgBronze oakleaf-3dBronze oakleaf-3d Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award ribbon Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon (1991–2016).svgBronze-service-star-3dBronze-service-star-3dBronze-service-star-3d Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svgBronze-service-star-3dBronze-service-star-3d Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svgAward numeral 4 Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)



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