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Kosovo
Kosovo
War War on Terror

War in Afghanistan Iraq War

Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (4) Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(4) Bronze Star (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal (8) Air Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
(2) Army Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
(3)

Vincent Keith Brooks (born October 24, 1958) is a United States Army general who is the current commander of United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command
United Nations Command
and ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command. He previously served as commanding general of the United States Army Pacific and before that as the commanding general of 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 Pentagon. He later was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. General Brooks assumed his current assignment on April 30, 2016.

Contents

1 Family 2 Military service 3 Awards and decorations 4 References 5 External links

Family[edit] 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] His uncle, Francis K. Brooks was the majority leader of the Vermont House of Representatives
Vermont House of Representatives
and a member of the Vermont Senate.[4][5] Vincent Brooks attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, for two years and then Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, and graduated in 1976. He was a basketball player and he decided to follow his brother to West Point
West Point
to study to become an officer. Military service[edit]

Brooks as a cadet in 1980

At West Point, Brooks was the academy's first African-American Cadet First Captain, the highest position (Cadet Brigade Commander) a cadet can hold, an appointment that brought much public visibility at an early age in life. He graduated from West Point
West Point
in 1980. After graduating Brooks served in South Korea
South Korea
and Kosovo
Kosovo
among other places. In Kosovo
Kosovo
he concurrently served as the deputy commander of the U.S. force in Kosovo
Kosovo
(Task Force Falcon) and as commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart
Fort Stewart
in 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 Global 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 of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley
Fort Riley
in Kansas
Kansas
from 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.[6] In March 2016, Brooks was nominated to command United States Forces Korea, the U.S.- South Korea
South Korea
Combined Forces Command, and United Nations Command, succeeding Curtis Scaparrotti.[7] Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Action Badge

Expert Infantryman Badge

Ranger tab

Senior Parachutist Badge

Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Army Staff Identification Badge

1st Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge

United Nations Command
United Nations Command
Badge

9th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
Distinctive Unit Insignia

Silver German Parachutist Badge

British Army Parachutist Badge

7 Overseas Service Bars

Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
with three bronze oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
with two bronze oak leaf clusters

Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
with silver oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Superior Unit Award

National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
with one bronze service star

Kosovo
Kosovo
Campaign Medal with one bronze service star

Iraq Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
with four service stars

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
with two service stars

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korea Defense Service Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4

Inter-American Defense Board Medal

NATO Medal
NATO Medal
for Kosovo

Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon (Japan)

Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal (Republic of Korea)

References[edit]

^ "Lt. Gen. Brooks assumed command of Third Army". DVIDS. Retrieved 5 June 2011.  ^ Boeing Corporation, Biography, Leo A. Brooks, Jr., 2011 ^ Virginia State University Alumni Association, Alumni in the military, Leo A. Brooks, Sr., accessed May 7, 2013 ^ Hawkins, Walter L. Black American Military Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-0-7864-4462-5.  ^ Secretary of the Vermont Senate. "Biography, Senator Francis K. Brooks". Vermont General Assembly. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Senate. Retrieved February 21, 2017.  ^ Chandrasekaran, Rajiv (29 December 2013). "Army's 'Pacific Pathways' initiative sets up turf battle with Marines". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  ^ "Release No: NR-101-16: Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Gen. Vincent K. Brooks" (Press release). Washington, DC: Press Operations. U.S. Department of Defense. March 21, 2016. 

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Military offices

Preceded by Perry L. Wiggins Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division 2009–2011 Succeeded by William C. Mayville Jr.

Preceded by William G. Webster Commanding General of the Third United States Army 2011–2013 Succeeded by James L. Terry

Preceded by Francis J. Wiercinski Commander of the United States Army
United States Army
Pacific 2013–2016 Succeeded by Robert B. Brown

Preceded by Curtis M. Scaparrotti Commander of the United States Forces Korea 30 April 2016–present Succeeded 

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