Brigadier General Leo Brooks, Jr. to speak at Norwich

BG Leo Brooks, Jr.On Tuesday, February 10th, Norwich University will welcome Brigadier General Leo A. Brooks, Jr., the Commandant of the US Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, to the Northfield campus. Brooks will give a lecture on ethics, tolerance and moral values as part of the university's Leadership Speakers series. General Brooks is the nephew of Norwich University Trustee Francis K. Brooks NU'67, a legislator from Montpelier, Vt.

Brigadier General Brooks, a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, became West Point's 68th Commandant of Cadets in June 2002. A native of Alexandria, Va., Brooks began his military career as a rifle and anti-tank platoon leader with the 1-503rd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Subsequent to those assignments, Brooks served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander for Operations and then commanded C Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry (Air Assault). Brooks spent four years assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry Ranger Regiment, where he was the Battalion S-4 and Commander of A Company (1986-88). Following three years in the Republic of Korea as a Ground Operations Officer in the Joint Staff of the Combined Forces Command, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he was the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the Deputy G3 of the Division. In January 1994, Brooks was assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and later took command of 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Upon completion of Battalion command, Brooks was assigned as the Chief of Operations for the XVIII Airborne Corps G3. After attending the Army War College, Brooks assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Most recently, he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division, serving as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver.

Brooks' awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), and Multinational Force and Observer's Medal. He is authorized to wear the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Air Assault Badge.

"The Leadership Speakers Series is a program designed to bring guest speakers of extraordinary stature and character to Norwich," said General Michael Kelley, Vice President for Student Affairs and Commandant of Cadets at Norwich.

"These events, which are held several times a year, provide students and members of the greater Northfield community an opportunity to reflect on leadership and character development - two special aspects of the total Norwich experience." Kelley said that past speakers in the series have included the former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Gordon R. Sullivan, and Mr. Pierson G. Mapes, retired president of NBC Television, both trustees of the University.

The Leadership Speakers series is free and open to the public. On February 10th, after taking a tour of the campus, Brigadier General Brooks will give a speech at 1:00 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

by Mark Albury
January 2004

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