Maj. Gen. Robert Brown will take over command of Fort Benning today.
He will officially replace Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter in a 3 p.m. ceremony on the parade field behind the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center at Patriot Park. The public is invited to attend.
Brown’s last command was as the chief of staff for the U.S. Army, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the National Defense University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia.
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He has had several command experiences including Commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Among his many honors are the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with an oak leaf cluster and Bronze Star medal with an oak leaf cluster.
“I don’t know him personally but I’ve heard he’s a good man and that we’ll be pleased with him,” said former Fort Benning Commanding General Carmen Cavezza. “He is coming in at a critical time, right in the middle of transition. The Army is driven by the war and Gen, Ferriter was probably needed elsewhere.”
When the announcement was made about the change on Sept. 30, Ferriter talked about Brown.
“Gen. Brown is an outstanding soldier and leader and friend and is the perfect choice to lead Fort Benning as we complete the transition to the Maneuver Center of Excellence.” he said.
He said that Brown has a “wealth of experience, positive energy and a diverse background with service in Haiti, Bosnia and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Ferriter added that Brown will have a “significantly positive impact on the Fort Benning community.”