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Former Stryker brigade commander poised to lead JBLM

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on March 20, 2012 at 11:42 am with 4 Comments »
March 20, 2012 11:59 am
Maj. Gen. Robert B. Brown

Army Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, who led Fort Lewis’ second Stryker brigade into combat in Iraq in 2004-05, has been nominated to command Joint Base Lewis-McChord and I Corps, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Brown, who is in  line to be promoted to lieutenant general, would succeed Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who took command of the base in October 2010 but then deployed to Afghanistan in July to become the No. 2 commander of that war.

The Army had lined up a new job for Scaparrotti upon his return. He has been nominated as director of the Joint Staff, which would have him have him working for the nation’s top military officer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Maj. Gen. Lloyd Miles is Lewis-McChord’s acting commander during Scaparrotti’s absence.

Brown is currently commanding the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning in Georgia.

He led the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Brigade based at Fort Lewis as a colonel. The Army renamed and moved the unit to Germany in 2006.

Brown would lead the largest military installation on the West Coast with more than 40,000 soldiers and airmen. The base has made international headlines during the past week as the home station for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians.

Brown’s new assignment and promotion is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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  1. CharleyLeChein says:

    Anyone know what the Brigade was reflagged to in Germany? Reflagging is what they call it when the change the unit, they actually close the battle streamers and it gets a new name. Serious question about this…

  2. Christian Hill says:


    The brigade became the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and it’s still based in Germany.

  3. NineInchNachosII says:

    will he be screened for bath salts?

  4. TfromMilwaukee says:

    MG Brown is a dynamic, warrior leader and JBLM is lucky to get him. I had the privilege to serve under him while he was the commander of 1/25 SBCT at Lewis and in Iraq. His leadership and knowhow had a direct impact on our brigade’s success, and the notoriety of the Stryker Brigade as an agile and adaptive combat force. He is also just a good dude! I sincerely hope I get the opportunity to go back to JBLM not only because it is a great place, but also to have the opportunity to serve with MG (soon to be LTG) Bob Brown.

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