3-Star General to Visit SC State University

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of the Third Army/ United States Army Central, the Army service component of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) will visit SC State University and meet with Dr. Cynthia Warrick, interim president of SC State, senior administrators, Army ROTC cadets and students in support of SC State’s spring 2013 Executive Speakers Series (ESS). He will speak on the topic: "Leading and Leadership in a Global Society,” on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at noon in Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium.

Lt. Gen. Brooks commands and exercises administrative control over all United States Army forces in the CENTCOM area of responsibility which includes countries throughout North Africa, Southwest Asia and Central Asia.

On June 3, 2011 he took command of Third Army and Army Forces Central. The command is home-based at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, S.C. with portions of the command continuously deployed to the Middle East countries of Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Brooks graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980. During his 33 years as a commissioned officer, he served in command and staff positions in the United States; in Germany during the Cold War; in Korea; in Kosovo; and in the Middle East. His tours of duty with fighting units include the 82d Airborne Division as a lieutenant; the 1st Infantry Division (Forward) as a captain; the 1st Cavalry Division as a major and again as a brigadier general; the 2d Infantry Division as a lieutenant colonel; the Third Army Central (with duty in Headquarters, Coalition Joint Task Force – Kuwait) and the 3d Infantry Division (with duty in North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Kosovo Forces) as a colonel; Headquarters, United States Central Command; Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (with duty as Headquarters, Multi-National Division-Baghdad) and Headquarters, III Corps and Fort Hood as a brigadier general; and the 1st Infantry Division (with duty as Headquarters U.S. Division - South) as a major general.

Lt. Gen. Brooks served at the national-level in the Pentagon. Within Headquarters, Department of the Army, he fulfilled staff duties as aide-de-camp to the vice chief of staff of the Army, and later as the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs. Within The Joint Staff, he fulfilled duties as deputy director (J5) for Political-Military Affairs for the Western Hemisphere, and later as the deputy director (J5) for the War on Terrorism.

Lt. Gen. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy; a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the New England School of Law in Boston. He also served as a National Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

President Barack Obama recently nominated Lt. Gen Brooks for appointment to the rank of four-star general and will be reassigned as commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Lt. Gen. Brooks is married to Dr. Carol P. Brooks, an educator and physical therapist. Both the general and his wife are from career military families.