COLUMBIA, SC — The U.S. Army has named a new general to take over Ft. Jackson after the last commander left in a sex scandal, the Army announced Thursday.
New commanding general Brig. Gen. Bradley Becker will take over the Army Training Center and Ft. Jackson in a ceremony at 9 a.m., Aug. 27, at Victory Field. He will be the 46th commanding general in Fort Jackson history.
Becker, who had three deployments to Iraq, 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 serving temporarily after Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, who by appearances and reputation was an energetic can-do officer, was removed from the fort’s top post after allegations of misconduct, including adultery and a physical altercation.
“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 in a Ft. Jackson press release Thursday.
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- Davis, a masters in political science from Auburn University, and a masters in strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. 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.
Becker 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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