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Robert Brooks Brown
Robert Brooks Brown in September 2019
Born April 14, 1959(1959-04-14) (age 62)
Place of birth Pennsylvania, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1981–2019
Rank General
Commands held United States Army Pacific
United States Army Combined Arms Center
I Corps
1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (2)

Robert Brooks Brown (born April 14, 1959) is a retired United States Army general who served as commander of the United States Army Pacific.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Brown graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1977. He was commissioned into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer, upon graduating from the United States Military Academy in May 1981. While at West Point, he played for the Army Black Knights men's basketball team under Coach Mike Krzyzewski and was a 1,000 point scorer for the Black Knights. Brown remains close to the coach and even spoke at a USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to the 2006 Olympics.

Brown received a Master of Education degree at the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.[1]

Military career[edit | edit source]

From June 2003 to December 2005, Brown commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis–McChord.[2] The 1st BCT, 25th Infantry Division, a Stryker unit, was deployed to Mosul, Iraq from September 2004 to September 2005. Brown led the unit through combat operations and the first elections in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. From February 2014 to April 2016, Brown was the commanding general United States Army Combined Arms Center headquartered at Fort Leavenworth. From 2012 to 2014, Brown was the commanding general of the I Corps headquartered at Joint Base Lewis–McChord.[3][4]

Brown was serving as commander of the United States Army Pacific until his retirement was announced in September 2019,[5] United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) bid farewell to him on October 9, and the general officially retired on 1 November 2019.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
25th Infantry Division CSIB.svg 25th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
US Army Pacific DUI.gif United States Army Pacific Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 4 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters[6]
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one service star
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia

References[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
David G. Perkins
Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Michael D. Lundy
Preceded by
Vincent K. Brooks
Commander of the United States Army Pacific
2016–2019
Succeeded by
Paul LaCamera

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