He is a 1975 graduate (Distinguished Military Student) of Georgia Military College. He received a commission as an Army 2d Lieutenant via the Early Commissioning Program with an Associate of Arts Degree; he entered active duty as a 19 year-old Infantry platoon leader. Through night and weekend classes, and eventually the Degree Completion Program he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management) from Troy University, graduating Cum Laude. Later, he earned a Master of Science in History from the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
General Broome’s career spanned service in Infantry, Special Forces and Aviation units across 32 years, which included combat, training and disaster assistance operations. Significantly, he served as the Deputy Commanding General of the famed 82d Airborne Division overseeing combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last active duty assignment was as the Deputy Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command. In this role he was responsible for increasing Army ROTC accessions and commissions to meet the demands of post 9/11 combat requirements, revamping the Army ROTC nursing program and overseeing the ROTC programs at the nation’s eleven military colleges. He also served twice as the Director of Strategy and Policy (J5), first for U.S Forces, Japan and then for U.S. Joint Forces Command.
General Broome’s military education includes: the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Special Forces Qualification Course; the Aviation Qualification Course; the Command and General Staff College; and the Air War College.
General Broome and his wife, Donna, reside in Chatham, VA. They have three children, and three grandchildren.