Major General Sean C. Bernabe

Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe assumed duties as the Commander of the 1st Armored Division and the Senior Commander of Fort Bliss, Texas, in September 2020.

In 1992, Maj. Gen. Bernabe earned his commission as an Infantryman from the United States Military Academy. As a junior officer, he served in a variety of staff and command positions within the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Infantry Division. He also deployed to the Balkans three times in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Able Sentry, and Operation Joint Guard. From 2000 to 2003, he served at PERSCOM as a Captains Assignment Officer and the Aide-de- Camp to the Commanding General.

Following his attendance at the Command and General Staff Officer Course and Advanced Military Studies Program, Maj. Gen. Bernabe was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division where he served as a Future Operations Officer (Multi-National Division Baghdad), Chief of Training, Battalion Executive Officer, and Brigade Operations Officer (FOB KALSU in Babil Province, Iraq). In 2009, Maj. Gen. Bernabe returned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served as the Director of Academic Operations for the Command and General Staff School. In 2010, he was assigned to 10th Mountain Division and commanded 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry and later served as Deputy Commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team (Ghazni Province, Afghanistan). After graduating from the National War College in 2013, Maj. Gen. Bernabe assumed command of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (during his tenure, he deployed with the ABCT to Korea). In 2016, Maj. Gen. Bernabe assumed duties as the Commander, Operations Group (COG), Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 2017, he assumed duties as Deputy Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. In June 2018, Maj. Gen. Bernabe moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served for two years as the G3/5/7 for U.S. Army Europe. He completed his tour in Germany as the Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Europe.

Maj. Gen. Bernabe’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

His military badges and awards include the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters and Bronze Star (2 OLC).