Engineer School Comandant's promotion makes American History
USACE Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite (left) officiated at the promotion ceremony of Brig. Gen. Mark C. Quander, (2nd from left) Feb. 14, 2020, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. The extended Quander family is the only African American family to produce four general officers in the U.S. military. The other three general officers who encompass this history are: Gen. (ret.) Vincent K. Brooks (center), Maj. Gen. (ret.) Leo A. Brooks, Sr. (2nd from right), and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Leo A. Brooks, Jr. (right). The Brooks family remains the only African American family to have three general from the same immediate family, and is connected to the Quander family tree in several ways, with the primary link being through Naomi Lewis Brooks, the mother to Leo Jr. and Vincent Brooks.