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Vincent K. Brooks
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General Vincent K. Brooks, USA
Born October 24, 1958(1958-10-24) (age 61)
Place of birth Anchorage, Alaska
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09 General
Commands held Third Army
1st Infantry Division
1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

Kosovo War
War on Terror

Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Vincent Keith Brooks (born October 24, 1958) is a United States Army four-star 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 serviceEdit

He was a ball$2$3 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.


  • "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]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Combat Action Badge Combat Action Badge
Expert Infantry Badge Expert Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab Ranger tab
US Army Airborne senior parachutist badge Senior Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge Army Staff Identification Badge
Combat service identification badge of the 1st Infantry Division 1st Infantry Division Patch worn as his Combat Service Identification Badge
9th Infantry Regiment DUI 9th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Fallschirmspringerabzeichen der Bundeswehr in Bronze Silver German Parachutist Badge
ArmyOSB 7 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with three bronze 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 Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Army Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg
Army Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Meritorious Unit Commendation with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg
Superior Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with four service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service ribbon.svg Korea Defense 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
Inter-american defense board medal ribbon.svg Inter-American Defense Board Medal
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR NATO Medal for Kosovo


  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

External linksEdit

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

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