The Man on the Front Lines of North Korea
In April 2016, Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks took command of U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command, and United Nations Command. He recently warned North Korea that the only thing stopping the U.S. from going to war is “self-restraint.” In response to North Korea’s most recent provocation, Gen. Brooks expressed confidence in the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) recently deployed to the Korean Peninsula. He is the man standing between the United States and North Korea. Brooks achieved the top-ranking position for a cadet while at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In his senior year, he was selected to serve as the Cadet Brigade Commander of the U.S. Corps of Cadets -- the highest military leadership position a cadet can hold at West Point and was the first Black person to be selected for that position. He earned a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Army Command and General Staff College and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the New England School of Law in Boston. He also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. More about him here.