Robert B. Abrams

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Robert B. Abrams
Robert Abrams Korea 2018.jpg
Robert B. Abrams as Commander, U.S. Forces Korea in 2018
Nickname(s) Abe
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 58)[1]
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1982–present
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands held Company 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/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 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, 2018. 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. He assumed his current assignment on November 7, 2018.[3]


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).


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, 2018, 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, 2018.[4] General Abrams relinquished command of Army Forces Command to its deputy commander, Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, on October 16, 2018[5] Abrams assumed command of U.S. Forces Korea from General Vincent Brooks on November 7, 2018.[3]


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 decorations

Medals and awards earned by GEN Abrams:[6][7]

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Combat Action Badge

Personal Awards
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-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Award numeral 4.png
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit
w/ one silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
w/ three bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
w/ two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
w/ three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
w/ two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
w/ one bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal
w/ three bronze campaign stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
w/ one campaign star
Iraq Campaign Medal
w/ two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon
w/ bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF Kuwait Liberation Medal
(Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal
Unit Awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
w/ oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award Meritorious Unit Commendation
Identification and service badges
8th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg
Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg
Ranger tab
1st Cavalry Division CSIB.png
1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge[8]
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Antu lokalize.svg
United Nations Command Badge[9]
4 Overseas Service Bars


  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 (2018-10-12). "U.S. commanders for troops in South Korea, South America confirmed by Senate". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  5. ^ Eve Meinhardt, FORSCOM (October 17, 2018) 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
Succeeded by
Laura J. Richardson
Preceded by
Vincent K. Brooks
Commanding General of United States Forces Korea
Succeeded by
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