Gen. Robert B. Abrams, who is in charge of U.S. Army Forces Command, will be coming to Killeen this week, but it certainly isn’t his first time here.
Abrams, the son of the late Gen. Creighton Williams Abrams Jr., has been stationed at Fort Hood several times.
During Desert Shield and Desert Storm about 25 years ago, he was a company commander with the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment.
Later, he became commander of that battalion, and then went on to command the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, where he deployed with the brigade to Sadr City and nine Nissan Districts of Baghdad during the war in Iraq.
He also commanded the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., where thousands of Fort Hood soldiers train annually.
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, according to his official Army biography.
Many veterans in the Killeen-Fort Hood area are probably also familiar with the elder Abrams, who died in 1974.
Creighton Williams Abrams, a World War II veteran, was a top commander in Vietnam and later became the Army’s chief of staff.
He is also the namesake of the M1 Abrams battle tank, which the Army named after him in 1980.
The younger Abrams will be the keynote speaker at an Association of the U.S. Army event in Killeen on Thursday.
Abrams will speak at the general membership meeting of the Cen-Tex Fort Hood Chapter of AUSA, an advocacy group for the Army.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Central Texas College’s Anderson Student Center.
I’m not sure what Abrams will talk about, but he may give a situation report about things going on with Forscom. In any event, I’m sure he will be welcomed back to Central Texas with open arms.