Fort Knox, Ky. (June 5, 2015) -- Col. Brian J. Mennes, 1988 graduate of the United States Military Academy, became Brig. Gen. Brian J. Mennes in a ceremony this afternoon in the Pentagon.

Mennes is the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky. He will shortly move on to his next assignment, Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver, 2d Infantry Division, in Korea.

Mennes graduated from USMA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his 27-year career he has served through the entire range of leadership and staff positions, from platoon leader through brigade commander. He has served a total of nine deployments: Panama (Operation Just Cause); the Sinai Desert (United Nations Multinational Force); South Korea; and multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

His professional military education includes Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Command and General Staff College (where he earned a Masters in Military Art and Science degree); the United Kingdom's Higher Command and Staff Course; and the U.S. Army War College fellowship at the Institute of World Politics.

Mennes was promoted by Lt. Gen. James L. Huggins, Jr., whose last assignment was Deputy Chief of Staff, G 3-5-7, Headquarters Department of the Army.

The son of Jack and Andrea Mennes of Amherst, New York, Mennes is married to the former Kellie Kubiak -- like him, a 1984 graduate of Sweet Home High School and 2005 inductee into the school's Sports Hall of Fame.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command oversees the Army's senior and Junior ROTC programs. It commissions more than 70 percent of the Army's new officers each year through host ROTC programs at 275 host universities and more than 1,000 affiliated programs at other colleges across the nation. It also oversees one of the nation's top citizenship and leadership programs through more than 1,700 Army Junior ROTC programs nationwide.