Lieutenant General Robert Brown was commissioned as an infantry officer in May 1981 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. His first duty assignment was as a graduate assistant at West Point. Afterwards, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, battalion adjutant, and later company commander in 1st Battalion, 10th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
In 1986, Brown completed the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Ky. and attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a masters degree in education. Following graduate school, he was assigned to the USMA where he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Military Instruction and as an educational technologist. Later, he served as the assistant director for the Performance Enhancement Center. He continued his military studies at the United States Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
In June 1992, Brown reported to Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to serve as the military plans officer and deputy chief of staff for operations, United States Army Pacific. In 1993, he transitioned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as the S-3 and later executive officer of 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He also served as the chief of G-3 Training and deployed to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. In 1996, Brown transitioned to Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Va., where he served as majors assignment officer in Infantry Branch. Afterward, he served as the aide-de-camp and assistant executive officer to the vice chief of staff, Army. He continued service in Washington as a staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, G-3/5/7, War Plans Division.
From May 1998 to May 2000, Brown commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and served as task force commander of Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In June of 2000, he returned to Washington D.C. as a joint ground maneuver program analyst, Force Structure, Resource and Assessment Directorate, J-8, Joint Staff.
Brown continued his studies at the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. from 2001 to 2002, where he received a masters in National Security Strategy and graduated as Distinguished Honor Graduate.
In 2002, he took command of 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis and led his Stryker brigade to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005, Iraq. From there, he returned to Hawaii where served as the executive assistant to the commander, Army Pacific Command, director, J-7, Army Pacific Command, and later as the deputy commanding general for support of the 25th Infantry Division, with which he deployed to Iraq in 2008. In 2010, Brown went to Germany to serve as chief of staff, United States Army Europe and deputy commander, U.S. Army NATO. From there he moved to Fort Benning, Ga. and commanded the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning from 2010 to 2012.
Brown married this high school sweetheart, the former Patti Pope of Grosse Point Woods, Mich. They have three daughters and one granddaughter.