FORT HOOD — Soldiers, family members and distinguished guests of the 1st Cavalry Division gathered for the promotion of Douglas M. Gabram from colonel to brigadier general on a crisp, sunny afternoon Thursday at Cooper Field.
Gabram was promoted by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.
“It’s an incredible day for the Army, 1st Cavalry Division and the Gabram family,” Allyn said, describing the promotion as an honor.
Gabram is an exemplary model of the quiet professional, he said, and an officer of extraordinary courage.
Standing alongside his family, including his son, Connor, his daughter, Sarah, his wife, Lori, replaced his rank patch and his mother, Shirley, replaced his Stetson as he was promoted.
Allyn then presented Gabram with the general officer belt.
In a speech that touched on numerous influences throughout Gabram’s 29-year career, he made certain to thank Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi and Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, along with “numerous great commissioned officers, warrant officers, NCOs and soldiers.”
Gabram shared anecdotes of specific people who served as close colleagues over the years.
“Our nation is in the midst of one of its most fiscally challenged periods ... along with complex operating environments and increased threats,” Gabram said, but assured the crowd the Army will prevail, thanks to Allyn’s “inspired and engaged leadership.”
Gabram reserved the most special thanks for last — those intended for his family, including relatives who traveled from across the country to attend the event.
“She is the example of elegance, selfless service and class,” he said of his wife of more than 27 years, giving her full credit for his successful career. As the ceremony drew to an end, smoke filled the air as 11 cannon rounds were fired and the Gabrams’ children uncased the one-star general officer flag.
Read more about Gabram’s career in Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.