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Leo A. Brooks, Sr.
Born August 9, 1932(1932-08-09) (age 90)
Place of birth Alexandria, Virginia
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1954–1984
Rank Major General
Commands held Defense Personnel Support Center
Army Troop Support Agency
13th Corps Support Command
Sacramento Army Depot
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Relations Brigadier General Leo A. Brooks, Jr. (son)
General Vincent K. Brooks (son)

Leo A. Brooks, Sr. (born August 9, 1932) is a retired major general of the United States Army who later became city manager of Philadelphia.

Military career

Brooks was born in Alexandria, Virginia on August 9, 1932. He graduated from Virginia State University in 1954 and received his commission in the Army Quartermaster Corps as a Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

In his early assignments, Brooks served as a platoon leader with the 2nd Infantry Division in Alaska and commanded two companies. His also served in the office of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, G-4, as a budget liaison to the United States Congress.

He served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, one as an advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and one as a battalion commander. He received a master's degree in financial management from George Washington University, and his later assignments included command of the Sacramento Army Depot, 13th Corps Support Command, Army Troop Support Agency, and Defense Personnel Support Center. Brooks retired from the military in 1984. Since he retired before serving three years as a major general, he was retired as a brigadier general.

His military education includes the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Brooks's awards include: the Army Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; and Army Commendation Medal.

Later career

As Philadelphia's city manager he was involved in the 1985 raid and bombing of the communal headquarters of the black liberation organization MOVE. Brooks resigned from his position 10 days after the bombing; three years later, he was indicted for his role in the affair, but cleared of all criminal liability by a Philadelphia grand jury.[1]


Brooks is the father of three children, including two sons who reached the ranks of general officers in the United States Army – General Vincent K. Brooks and Brigadier General (Retired) Leo A. Brooks Jr.. His daughter Marquita K. Brooks is an attorney. In addition, his brother Francis was a longtime member of the Vermont House of Representatives who rose to the position of majority leader. After serving in the House, Francis Brooks served for several years as the Sergeant at Arms of the Vermont State House.


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