USARPAC’s deputy commander retires

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (left), former commander, USARPAC, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, former deputy commander, HANG, USARPAC, salute the colors at the official retirement ceremony for Chaves, May 30. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (left), former commander, USARPAC, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, former deputy commander, HANG, USARPAC, salute the colors at the official retirement ceremony for Chaves, May 30. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mack
311th Signal Command (Theater)
Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army-Pacific bid farewell to Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, former Hawaii Army National Guard (HANG), USARPAC deputy commander, in a ceremony, May 30.

The ceremony featured a Flying V formation representing each major subordinate command of USARPAC.

“For 43 years, Joe Chaves has answered the nation’s call to duty,” said keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, former commander, USARPAC. “For 43 years, his boots were on the ground; for 43 years, he has been Army Strong — strong for our Soldiers, units and communities; strong for Hawaii and strong for our nation. For 43 years, Joe Chaves has been strong for his brothers and sisters in arms — strong for the team. One Team.”

Following a presentation of lei to his wife and family members in attendance, Chaves was presented the Distinguished Service Medal, retirement pin and flag, and several certificates and letters of appreciation. His wife, Paulette Chaves, received an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for her volunteer service to the U.S. Army, USARPAC, HANG and the state of Hawaii.

Chaves heavily impacted the USARPAC mission in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific as a guardsman, Wiercinski said.

“As the deputy commanding general for USARPAC, Joe was an absolutely invaluable member of this team,” said Wiercinski. “He has been exceptionally effective at command and control and at the senior bilateral and multilateral forums that we have throughout the Asia-Pacific area, and he has been an absolute perfect representative of this command, its priorities and its message.

Soldiers from U.S. Army-Pacific perform the "Flying V" formation in honor of retiring Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, deputy commander, USARPAC, at a ceremony at Palm Circle, here, May 30. Chaves retired after 43 years of service in the Hawaii National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Huddleston, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Soldiers from U.S. Army-Pacific perform the “Flying V” formation in honor of retiring Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, deputy commander, USARPAC, at a ceremony at Palm Circle, here, May 30. Chaves retired after 43 years of service in the Hawaii National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. Christopher Huddleston, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

“(Chaves) led the U.S. Pacific Command’s joint task force homeland defense, planning and execution of multiple operations, and his leadership and deep understanding of defense support brought that organization to an all-time high,” Wiercinski continued.

Chaves held a variety of positions in the HANG, including deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006 as commander, 29th Infantry Division.

“Today, I humbly pay tribute to the Army National Guardsmen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and the thousands more who bear the scars of combat,” said Chaves. “As I leave the service today, I leave knowing the active component, Army Reserve and Army National Guard make up the greatest Army in the history of modern warfare.”

 

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