Virtual – A Conversation with the Generals

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Tue, Jun 8, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Virtual – A Conversation with the Generals
Tuesday, June 8
7:00 PM CDT Online via Zoom
Free event but registration required

Join current and former Commanding Generals of the United States Army 1st Infantry Division for a roundtable discussion on leadership moderated by First Division Museum Executive Director Krewasky A. Salter.

Please submit questions in advance using the space provided on the registration page to submit a question.


Meet the Speakers:

Major General Douglas A. Sims II

1ID Commanding General 2020 – Present
Major General Douglas A. Sims II graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1991 and was commissioned into the Infantry. He is the current commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. MG Sims most recent prior assignment was Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Force Management, Joint Staff, Washington, DC. Other assignments include Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington, DC; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Afghanistan; Chief of Staff, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Commander, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Germany and Afghanistan; Commander, 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Germany and Afghanistan. His operational deployments include OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL (Afghanistan) and multiple tours in support of both OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) and IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq). He earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other military awards


General Vincent K. Brooks

1ID Commanding General 2009-2011
General (Retired) Vincent “Vince” Brooks is a career Army officer who served in the U.S. Army for over 42 years, from his entry into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976 (where he graduated in 1980) until his retirement from active duty in 2019 as a four-star general. His military service includes two tours of duty with the 1st Infantry Division, first as a Company Commander in the 4th Battalion, 16th Infantry; and later as the Commanding General of the Division during the combat deployment to Iraq as U.S. Division-South in 2010. General Brooks also served in Kosovo and held multiple other commands including United States Forces Korea. In his post-military career, General Brooks is a director for three public companies (Diamondback Energy, Inc.; Jacobs, Inc.; and Verisk Analytics, Inc.) and two non-profit organizations (Vice Chairman of the Gary Sinise Foundation board of directors, and Chairman and President of the Korea Defense Veterans Association).


Lieutenant General Ronald L. Watts

1ID Commanding General 1984-1986
Lieutenant General (Retired) Ron Watts completed 33 years of active duty with the U.S. Army and commanded at every unit level from captain to three-star general. He commanded the 1st Infantry Division during the latter years of the Cold War. He also served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army; as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command; as Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division; and as Deputy Chief of Staff, Central Army Group, NATO. His other major command assignments included Commanding General, VII U.S. Corps, Germany; Commanding General, U.S. Army Readiness and Mobilization Region III; Deputy Commanding General, First U.S. Army; and Commander, 2d Armored Division (Forward) in Germany. After retiring he founded Watts Leadership Development Services, a consulting business and currently serves as President of the Society of the First Infantry Division. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University, and a master’s from Auburn University. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.


Lieutenant General Thomas G. Rhame

1ID Commanding General 1989-1991
Lieutenant General (Retired) Thomas G. Rhame retired from the U. S. Army in 1997. General Rhame was the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 and 1991. During combat operations the 1st Infantry Division successfully conducted the initial attack to penetrate Iraqi defensive positions, conducted the rapid passage of lines for the British 1st Armored Division, conducted a night attack against elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard, and played a critical role in the liberation of Kuwait. He also served two tours of combat in Vietnam. His last active duty assignment was as Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to that, he was the Chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. Among his many awards are the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster) and Bronze Star with V device (with two oak leaf clusters). Following his retirement, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Association of the U.S. Army.


Lieutenant General Perry L. Wiggins

1ID Commanding General 2008-2009
Lieutenant General (Retired) Perry L. Wiggins retired from the U. S. Army in 2016 following 33 years. He commanded the 1st Infantry Division from 2008 to 2009. General Wiggins served throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as in operations during the Gulf War and in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He also served as Commanding General of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) from September 2013 through August 2016 after twice serving as Deputy Commanding General of Fifth Army, and as Commanding General of First Army Division (West) at Fort Hood. He is an accomplished aviator, qualified to fly several aircraft in the Army’s inventory. He has served as the Executive Director, Governor’s Military Council, for the past three years. Wiggins earned his commission as an Infantry lieutenant from Mercer University in 1983 and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, where he earned a master’s in strategic studies.


Major General David L. Grange

1ID Commanding General 1997-1999  
Major General (Retired) David L. Grange completed a highly decorated career with the U.S. Army spanning 30 years. His last command was the 1st Infantry Division before retirement in 2000. MG Grange served in Infantry, Ranger, Special Forces, Aviation, and Counter-Terrorism units. These assignments took him around the world to locations that included Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Iraq, Grenada, Kosovo, Bosnia and Beirut. MG Grange’s combat commands include commanding a Delta Force squadron during the invasion of Grenada, and Task Force Green during the Gulf War. Grange also commanded a battalion in Korea, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and Task Force Eagle in the Balkans. Grange is currently president of Osprey Global Solutions, a consulting company. He is a past CEO of Pharm-Olam, Pharmaceuticals Product Development, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. He graduated from North Georgia College with a bachelor’s degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. He later earned a master’s in public service from Western Kentucky University, and has two honorary doctorate degrees.

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