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CAA Senior Leader Forum Hosts GEN (ret) Vince Brooks

The Civil Affairs Association is pleased to announce a strategic dialogue with Retired General Vincent K. Brooks at 1100 a.m. EST on Friday, November 6, 2020. Register here to attend this special webinar.

General Brooks is a career Army officer who retired from active duty in January 2019 as the four-star general in command of over 650,000 Koreans and Americans under arms from April 2016 to November 2018 during a critical time on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia. While in Korea, he was multi-tasked including several hats, three significant roles were commander: United Nations Command (UNC), Combined Forces Command (CFC), and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK). His two previous positions were commander: United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) and Third Army/Army Central (ARCENT).

General Brooks, who goes by “Vince,” is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the first class to include women, and he led the 4,000 cadets as the cadet brigade commander or “First Captain.”  He is also the eighth African American in history to attain the military’s top rank – four-star general in the United States Army.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; a Master of Military Art and Science from the prestigious U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; was a National Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government; and also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the New England School of Law as well as an honorary Doctor of Humanities from New England Law | Boston.

Widely respected as a speaker and leader of cohesive, innovative organizations, within and beyond the military, his areas of expertise are: leadership in complex organizations, crisis leadership, and building cohesive trust-based teams, national security, policy, strategy, international relations, military operations, combating terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, diversity and inclusion.  He is a combat veteran and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In retirement, General Brooks is: on the Board of Directors of the Gary Sinise Foundation; a visiting Senior Fellow at the Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Texas, with both the Clements Center for National Security and also the Strauss Center for International Security and Law; on the Board of Directors of Jacobs; on the Board of Diamondback Energy; chairman of the Korea Defense Veterans Association: an Executive Fellow with the Institute for Defense and Business; and the President of VKB Solutions LLC. 

Vince is from a career military family and claims Alexandria, Virginia as home given the long roots in maternal and paternal branches of the family tree.  Vince is married to Carol P. Brooks, MA, DSc. a retired Physical Therapist and currently an adult Educator.  The two reside in Austin, Texas.

Register here to attend this special webinar.

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Ian T. Bennett
Ian T. Bennett
Nov 27, 2020

I’ll make sure I reiterate my point... seems more appropriate here anyway. This is what I posted elsewhere:

“1st SFG and 97th retains the persistent presence and conducts security cooperation in the INDOPACOM AOR. GEN Brooks saying special operators should “come in for a purpose and leave” is irresponsible. Sure he’s allowed to have his opinion, however, this webinar tells me that the guest is uninformed and perhaps playing to an audience. His opinion on the “depth of skill sets” in RC CA has merit, however, the functional areas and specialties aren’t easy to leverage in a 30 day period during AT (especially in INDOPACOM), nor are they relevant in a 9-15 month rotation to Iraq/Afghanistan (I understand that running…

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