US Army

Born in Anchorage in the Territory of Alaska in 1958, General Vincent K. Brooks grew up an Army brat in California and Virginia, the son of Major General Leo A. Brooks Sr. He was West Point’s first African-American Cadet Brigade Commander, the highest position a cadet can hold, and he graduated first in his class in 1980.

Among other notable command and staff positions, Brooks served as Deputy Director of Operations at United States Central Command (CENTCOM); Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism in The Joint Staff; Commanding General of the United States Army Pacific; and commanded United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command.

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