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General Robert Brown Delivers the Annual Kermit Roosevelt Lecture 2017
General Robert B. Brown assumed command of the United States Army's largest Service Component command, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), April 30, 2016. The command is headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii with portions of the command-forward deployed and based throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific. USARPAC's 106,000 Active, Reserve Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians support the nation's strategic objectives and commitment to the region.
General Brown has also served in numerous staff positions including: Assistant Professor of Military Science and Deputy Director, Center of Enhanced Performance, United States Military Academy; Plans Officer at USARPAC; Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Chief, G-3 Training in the 25th Infantry Division including a deployment in support of OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti; Personnel Assignment Officer in Human Resources Command; Aide-de-Camp/Assistant Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army; Plans Officer in the Department of the Army G-3/5/7; a Program Analyst in the Dominant Maneuver Assessment Division, Joint Staff (J8); Executive Assistant to the U.S. Pacific Command Commander and Director, J-7 (Training and Exercises) at USPACOM; and Chief of Staff United States Army Europe (USAREUR) / Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army NATO.
General Brown holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from National Defense University.
The Kermit Roosevelt Lecture is an exchange of lecturers between the militaries of the United States and the United Kingdom, which first took place in 1947 and this year will be the 70th of the programme. The initiative for exchanges originated with Mrs Kermit Roosevelt, whose husband Kermit – the son of President Theodore Roosevelt – served in both the British Army and US Army across the two World Wars, and died while on active duty in 1943. Her ideas were set forth in correspondence to General George C Marshal dated 17 June 1944:
‘My husband, Kermit Roosevelt, ...attempted to carry out in his own life his conviction that the development of a closer relationship between individual English and Americans, and a better understanding between the military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom would contribute in large measure to the preservation of world peace. In view of this conviction of his, it seems appropriate... to set up this Memorial.’
The exchange was originally funded by Mrs Roosevelt and through to 1969 by grants from the Rockefeller and McCormick Foundations. In 1970, it was mutually agreed that the series would continue officially supported by the governments of the United Kingdom and United States, and since then senior military officers have conducted annual exchanges, lecturing at several military and academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
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