USARPAC honors Mathews with ‘Flying V’ ceremony

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with 94th AAMDC honor and welcome Brig. Gen. Robert Mathews, incoming deputy commander, USARPAC, with a “Flying V” ceremony, held at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Monday. (Russell Dodson | U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 94th AAMDC honor and welcome Brig. Gen. Robert Mathews, incoming deputy commander, USARPAC, with a “Flying V” ceremony, held at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Monday. (Russell Dodson | U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Brig. Gen. Jeffery Underhill, commander, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, hosted a “Flying V” ceremony to honor and welcome Brig. Gen. Robert Mathews, deputy commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, Monday, at Palm Circle, here.

The Flying V ceremony traditionally welcomes or honors senior Army officials when they assume duties or depart from an Army command, and its name refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped.

“Leading the largest service component in the Army is no easy task; however, we are excited to have you … the general officer of your caliber, in this command,” Underhill said. “We are looking forward to everything that USARPAC is poised to do and accomplish during your time here.”

Happy to be back in the ranks of USARPAC, Mathews said he is honored to be serving and working with Soldiers, civilians, families and other military services.

“To USARPAC, you have an absolutely outstanding reputation, and I am proud to provide whatever leadership and support I can provide to you,” Mathews said. “I will dedicate 100 percent of my commitment to ensure our Soldiers, families and civilians have the support that they need.”

Mathews, whose recent assignment was commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Okla., became the deputy commander of USARPAC, May 29.

 

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