USARPAC welcomes Brown, bids farewell to Brooks

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gen. Robert B. Brown, in-coming U.S. Army Pacific commanding general receives the USARPAC colors from Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, during a change of command ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, May 4. While Gen. Brown receiving the colors signifies his assuming command of the “One Team” ohana. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson)

Gen. Robert B. Brown, in-coming U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, receives the USARPAC colors from Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn during a change of command ceremony held at historic Palm Circle,  May 4. While Gen. Brown receiving the colors signifies his assuming command of the “One Team” ohana. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson)

Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
Photos by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Robert B. Brown took command of U.S. Army-Pacific from Gen. Vincent K. Brooks in a ceremony, here, Wednesday.

Brown comes to USARPAC after serving as the commanding general at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During his 35 years as a commissioned officer, he has served 12 years with units focused on the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including commanding I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord; deputy commander, 25th Infantry Division; commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker), 25th ID; and executive assistant to the U.S. Pacific Command commander, and director of training and exercises at the PACOM headquarters at Camp Smith.

Soldiers with 3rd Brigade, 7th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division Salute Battery, honors the in-coming and out-going U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General with a gun salute during the beginning of the change of command ceremony between, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Gen. Robert B. Brown. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson)

Soldiers with 3rd Brigade, 7th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division Salute Battery, honors the in-coming and out-going USARPAC commanders with a gun salute during the beginning of the change of command ceremony.

During his address, Brown commented on how important accomplishing the common goals and supporting the commander of U.S. PACOM is to sustain the momentum in the rebalance to the Pacific.

“We will carry on the hard work that’s been done and will advance the culture of innovation in U.S. Army Pacific that has been established. We will pursue positive and persistent engagements with regional friends and partners. We will strengthen our alliances and continuously renew our commitment to peace and stability in the region, and perhaps most importantly ensuring the readiness of our Soldiers to fight anywhere as needed in the world and of course in the Pacific area of responsibility.”

Brooks, who commanded USARPAC for almost three years, took command on July 2, 2013, marking the elevation of the command to a “four star” general for the first time since 1974.

Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander, PACOM, bid farewell to Brooks and aloha to Brown.

“Today, we bid fair winds and following seas to a great Soldier and a great leader in Gen. Vince Brooks,” Harris said. “But, at the same time, we are welcoming a worthy successor, Gen. Bob Brown, another tremendous leader to the crucible of theater command.”

(L to R) Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, outgoing commander, U.S. Army Pacific; Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; and Gen. Robert B. Brown, incoming commander, USARPAC, salute during the national anthem at the change of command ceremony for Brooks and Brown, at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, May 4, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough)

(L to R) Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, and Gen. Robert B. Brown, incoming commander, USARPAC, salute during the national anthem.

Harris reminisced about Brook’s contributions to PACOM, recalling how Brook’s knowledge of tactical and operational and policy experience gave him the expertise to create Pacific Pathways, which is enabling change in the complex environment in the Indo-Asian Pacific region.

“He had a vision of leveraging rotational Army units, helicopter deployments and existing exercises to advance critical partnerships, increase responsiveness and actually improve readiness,” Harris said. “In this theater, where ‘fight tonight’ is not a slogan but a way of life, Pacific Pathways is making a difference.”

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, vice chief of staff of the Army, explained how leadership innovation flourished under Brooks’ tutelage.

Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey (center) serves as Commander of Troops during the change of command ceremony between Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Gen. Robert B. Brown. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough)

Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey (center) serves as commander of troops during the change of command ceremony between Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Gen. Robert B. Brown.

“(Brooks provided) vital support to the PACOM team as the theater joint force land component command and (integrated) almost 30,000 additional Army forces assigned or allocated to PACOM.”

Allyn illustrated how innovative the Pacific Pathways program has become and how it’s more than its original vision entailed.

“Pacific Pathways increases our understanding of a complex area of operations, creates opportunities to rehearse core missions, strengthens relationships with friends and allies and raises the level of Army readiness at every echelon,” Allyn said.

Allyn instructed Brown to remain vigilant and ensure U.S. forces are trained and ready to meet any contingency, and continue to build and expand on relationships with joint teammates and partners throughout the Pacific.

USARPAC exercises administrative control over all US Army forces in the PACOM area of responsibility from India to the west coast of the United States, and leads the Army interactions with 36 countries in the region.

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