Army names Fort Jackson's newest commander | Events
The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson will welcome Brig. Gen. Bradley A. Becker as its new commanding general in a ceremony at 9 a.m., Aug. 27, at Victory Field adjacent to the Officers’ Club. Becker will become the 46th commanding general in Fort Jackson history.
Becker will assume command from Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, who will return to her position as the Commandant of the United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Combs was tapped to lead the installation after Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was relieved of his command in July due to charges of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation with a woman who was not his wife. Roberts was in command for approximately 14 months.
“General Brad Becker is an exceptional leader who will lead Fort Jackson with distinction. He and his wife Sherri will be great teammates with our community partners in the greater Columbia area. We are fortunate that our Army selected this fantastic Army Family,” said Combs.
Becker was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduation from the University of California at Davis in 1986. He is currently serving as Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Training, J-7, Joint Staff, in Suffolk, Virginia
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Davis, a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, Montgomery, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
Becker’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab.
He was deployed to Iraq three times and also served overseas in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm, in Germany and in Korea.
Becker and his wife Sherri have two sons.
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