FORSCOM bids farewell to deputy commander
July 17, 2012
- Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg selected as deputy chief of staff for Army G1
- Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III takes over as FORSCOM's deputy commander
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 17, 2012) U.S. Army Forces Command's second in command was honored Monday for his distinguished service in leading FORSCOM headquarters through a transition to Fort Bragg and his commitment to the welfare of Soldiers.
Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, FORSCOM deputy commanding general, leaves his post to become the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel (G1) at the Pentagon, where one of his challenges will be to oversee the streamlining of troop strength as the Army faces force reductions.
During his nearly two-year tenure at FORSCOM, Bromberg, who had spent most of his career as an Air Defense Artillery officer, is credited with helping lead the overhaul of the Army's Individual Disability Evaluation System, overseeing the headquarters' move from Fort McPherson, Ga., to Fort Bragg as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Legislation and helping refine the Army Force Generation process.
"He did a tremendous job here at FORSCOM just as he did as an air defender throughout his career," said Gen. David M. Rodriguez, FORSCOM commanding general.
Rodriguez cited Bromberg for his ability to foster teamwork and his dedication to taking care of Soldiers. During the past year, Rodriguez said, Bromberg visited every FORSCOM installation and took on many extra missions. He also served three months as acting commanding general as the headquarters relocated to Fort Bragg.
His appointment to Army G1, Rodriguez said, will enable Bromberg to continue doing what he does best: taking care of Soldiers.
Bromberg joins Brig. Gen. Thomas Seamands, FORSCOM's former G1, who left last week to serve Army personnel as the director of the Military Personnel Management Directorate.
"That's not just good news for FORSCOM but for all Soldiers," Rodriguez said.
Bromberg acknowledged FORSCOM civilians and his personal staff for their hard work during his farewell ceremony, at which he was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal.
"You take on the right fights for the right reasons, and you always enabled us to be successful for the Soldiers in the field and their Families," he said. "As long as we keep doing that, I think we will have a great organization."
Bromberg's wife, Glenda, and his daughter, Leah, a teacher at Fort Bragg's Albritton Middle School, attended the ceremony.
Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III replaces Bromberg. He is a former commanding general of United States Army Africa/United States Southern European Task Force, Italy and most recently served as chief of staff, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Operation New Dawn.
Forces Command trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains, transforms and reconstitutes conventional forces, numbering approximately 780,000 Soldiers and 3,500 civilian staff members. Its mission is to provide trained and ready land power to combatant commanders worldwide in defense of the nation at home and abroad.