USARPAC welcomes new Reserve leader with ‘Flying V’

| September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (center left), commander, USARPAC, hosts a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard (center right), deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Monday.

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (center left), commander, USARPAC, hosts a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard (center right), deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Monday.

Staff Sgt. Cashmere C. Jefferson

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, hosted a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, here, on historic Palm Circle, Monday.

Beard, who was promoted to major general before the ceremony, was the deputy commander, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychology Operations Command since May 2010, before coming to USARPAC, July 21.

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

“A few weeks ago, we said farewell to a great (leader), Brig. Gen. Alexander Kozlov,” said Wiercinski. “Today, we close the circle by welcoming Beard and his family into the USARPAC ohana (or family).

“Beard brings a tremendous reservoir of talent to USARPAC, combining excellence in the civilian life with a military background in communications, civil-military relations, training and special operations,” he continued. “Beard is unquestionably the right officer to accept these unique challenges.”

Beard also was deputy commander for Civil Capacity, Multinational Corps-Iraq.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (center), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, directs the formation during a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, Monday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (center), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, directs the formation during a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, Monday.

“I plan to work with my fellow deputy commanding generals and the commanding general to make this organization the epitome of any theater Army,” Beard said.

Beard reminded everyone in attendance that reservists serve across the Pacific.

“You all know we remain engaged in war, and one of my responsibilities is to ensure the Reserve forces are trained, equipped and ready to deploy as ordered,” Beard said. “We have forces all over the Pacific Ocean, Guam, Samoa, Japan, Korea, Alaska and here.”

“To my fellow reservists, you can expect to see me at your home station,” he continued. “I will personally listen to you and understand your needs and take them back to this command to make sure we get them straight. The nation expects much of you, and together, we will ensure that you have everything you need to win, come home and assimilate back into society.”

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