Public Affairs Office
FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army-Pacific honored Col. Lewis Setliff III, retiring chief of staff, USARPAC, with a Flying V ceremony held at Palm Circle, here, July 6.
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.
“Today, we honor, thank and say goodbye to a personal friend and friend to USARPAC, Col. Lewis Setliff,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC.
During the ceremony, Setliff was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for an exceptionally meritorious career serving in positions of increasing responsibility.
Setliff has served as USARPAC chief of staff since July 2010. He is retiring after 30 years of military service.
“Skip (Setliff) is what we call a franchise or marquee player, someone with unique skills and personal talent that can’t be easily replaced,” Wiercinski said. “Thank you for your entire family’s dedication, sacrifice and service.”
“The command climate in this command is absolutely the best I’ve ever been a part of in any organization in the last 30 years,” Setliff said. “There is absolutely no finer headquarters than USARPAC. It is well led and faces a tough mission ahead. This headquarters is ready for the challenge, and I wish you all the very best.”