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Robert B. Abrams

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Robert B. Abrams
Robert B. Abrams as Commander, United States Forces Korea in 2018
Born (1960-11-18) November 18, 1960 (age 63)[1]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1982–2021
Commands heldUnited Nations Command
United States Forces Korea
Combined Forces Command
United States Army Forces Command
3rd Infantry Division
Fort Irwin National Training Center
1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (6)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Connie C. Clevenger
(m. 1992)
RelationsGeneral Creighton W. Abrams Jr. (father)
Brigadier General Creighton W. Abrams III (brother)
General John N. Abrams (brother)

Robert Bruce Abrams (born November 18, 1960) is a retired four-star general in the United States Army who last served as the commander of United States Forces Korea.[3] He concurrently served 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 United States Army Forces Command from August 10, 2015 to October 17, 2018. He was 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 South 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 elder brothers, Creighton and John, were Army general officers.[4]

He relinquished command of United States Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea to General Paul LaCamera on July 2, 2021 and retired soon after.[5][6]

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Abrams (left) with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in 2019

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 United States 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).


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. He deployed the company in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Abrams's next command assignment was at battalion level, with 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 to East Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, as commanding general of Fort Irwin & the National Training Center, and most recently as commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia from 2011 to 2013, during which he served as commander of Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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 United States Army Armor School, and as executive officer to the Commanding General United States Army Europe and Seventh 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, Abrams was assigned as Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command, which oversees all United States Army combat units in the continental United States.

On October 11, 2018, the Senate confirmed his nomination to command United States Forces Korea.[7] Abrams relinquished command of Army Forces Command to his deputy commander, Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, on October 16,[8] and assumed command of United States Forces Korea from General Vincent K. Brooks on November 7.[4]

In 2020, Abrams was among the candidates shortlisted to replace Admiral Philip S. Davidson as the commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command,[9] but Admiral John C. Aquilino was nominated instead.[10][11][12]

In May 2021, Abrams was bestowed the Korean name Woo Byung-soo[a] (Korean우병수) by the ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association in honor of "his contributions to the alliance and defense of South Korea".[13]

His retirement ceremony was held on August 31, 2021.[14]


Abrams gives farewell remarks during the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony on July 2, 2021 at Barker Field.

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 Abrams include:[15][16]

Personal Awards
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.
Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ bronze oak leaf cluster[17] Army Distinguished Service Medal
w/ bronze oak leaf cluster
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
Order of National Security Merit (1st Grade)[18] Kuwait Liberation Medal
(Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal
Unit Awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
w/ 4 oak leaf clusters
Valorous Unit Award Meritorious Unit Commendation
Identification and service badges

8th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia

Basic Parachutist Badge

Ranger tab

1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge[19]

Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge

Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

United Nations Command Badge[19]
4 Overseas Service Bars


  1. ^ In this Korean name, the family name is Woo.


  1. ^ "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy". Association of Graduates, USMA. 18 July 1991 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Kentucky, U.S., Marriage Index, 1973-1999.
  3. ^ "Commander UNC/CFC/USFK - Gen. Robert B. Abrams". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  4. ^ a b Gamel, Kim (2018-11-07). "Abrams takes command of USFK amid nuclear talks with North Korea". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  5. ^ "WEBCAST: USFK CHANGE OF COMMAND". DVIDS. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  6. ^ Oh Seok-min; Choi Soo-hyang (2021-07-02). "Gen. LaCamera takes office as new U.S. Forces Korea chief". Yonhap News Agency.
  7. ^ Kheel, Rebecca (2017-10-12). "U.S. commanders for troops in South Korea, South America confirmed by Senate". The Hill. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  8. ^ Meinhardt, Eve (2018-10-17). "Abrams relinquishes command of FORSCOM". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  9. ^ LaGrone, Sam (2020-12-03). "PACFLT Commander Aquilino Formally Nominated to Lead INDO-PACOM". USNI News. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  10. ^ Lubold, Gordon; Youssef, Nancy A. (2020-11-30). "Trump Expected to Name New Indo-Pacific Command Head". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  11. ^ "Flag Officer Announcement". U.S. Department of Defense. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  12. ^ "PN2393 - Adm. John C. Aquilino - Navy, 116th Congress (2019-2020)". 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  13. ^ "US Forces Korea commander to receive Korean name at farewell event". The Korea Times. 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  15. ^ "BG Abrams Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-04.
  16. ^ "BG Abrams bio on DoD" (PDF).
  17. ^ "UNC / CFC / USFK Change of Command". Flickr. 2021-07-02.
  18. ^ Nam Hyun-woo (2021-07-01). "President honors outgoing USFK commander for his service". The Korea Times.
  19. ^ a b "USFK Change of Command". DoD.

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Preceded by Commanding General of the Fort Irwin National Training Center
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Preceded by Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division
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Preceded by Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense
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Preceded by Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command
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Preceded by Commander of United Nations Command
Commander of United States Forces Korea
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