USARPAC bids farewell to Fenton, welcomes Milhorn

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Col. Michael F. Burns III, Commander of Troops, leads the U.S. Army Pacific Color Guard during USARPAC's Flying "V" ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, May 18. The Flying "V" ceremony was held to honor Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton (not pictured), outgoing assistant chief of staff of operations, USARPAC, for his distinguished service as he prepares to depart USARPAC, and to welcome Milhorn as he assumes the responsibilities of Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations. The "V" refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)  

The USARPAC color guard advances during the Flying V held for brigadier generals Fenton and Milhorn, May 18.

 

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, outgoing assistant chief of staff of operations, U.S. Army-Pacific, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, incoming assistant chief of staff of operations, were honored during a Flying V ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, May 18.

Fenton prepares to depart USARPAC after 10-months of distinguished service. He will assume command of Special Operations Command Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, at Camp H. M. Smith.

USARPAC commanding general, Gen. Robert B. Brown, officiated the ceremony and addressed Fenton’s importance to USARPAC and the impact he had on the command.

Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton (left), outgoing assistant chief of staff of operation; and USARPAC commanding general, Gen. Robert B Brown, pose for a picture at a Flying "V" ceremony, May 18, with a surfboard specially designed by Fenton for the command. Fenton presented the surfboard as token of appreciation as he transitions to U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, after a year as Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations. The surfboard, Fenton explained, represents "'staying on top of the wave' - the waves of innovation, waves of change and waves of consequence - and not only staying on top, but riding those waves ... to be successful on our quest/journey, (while) the patches on the front symbolize who we are/what we do ... and that we are part of PACOM team and the region team - here to do our part to assure, or reassure, all elements of our commitment to be part of the region’s "One Team." (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton (left), outgoing assistant chief of staff of operation and USARPAC commander Gen. Robert B Brown, display a surfboard specially designed by Fenton for the command. Fenton presented the surfboard as token of appreciation as he transitions to U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith.

“A proven combat leader and Special Operations officer, (Bryan) brought a wealth of knowledge and experience into our USARPAC ‘One Team’ ohana,” said Brown. “During his tenure as USARPAC G3, he’s accomplished some incredible achievements.”

Brown went on to detail how Fenton is one of the few leaders who had to juggle three very important responsibilities of this command, notably USARPAC’s responsibility to PACOM, the command’s Title 10 responsibility as a service component command to the Army, and finally, USARPAC’s responsibility as the Theater Joint Force Land Component Command.

Fenton has 29 years on active duty with the Army. He has been with USARPAC since July 2015, during which time he manned the assistant chief of staff of operations.

“Bryan executed two Pacific Pathways while he was with the 25th Infantry Division, and with that experience, he came to USARPAC knowing exactly how to take this to the next level,” Brown said. “Under his leadership, his team oversaw the completion of four more Pacific Pathways, each increasing in scope and complexity.”

The Pacific Pathways concept involves joining multinational partners to conduct a three-part series of military exercises intended to increase Army readiness through additional training and strengthened partner-force relationships.

The Special Operations community in the Pacific will be pleased to have Fenton serving beside them, and that he is glad Fenton will not be going too far away, Brown added.

Fenton thanked the USARPAC command team for allowing he and his family to serve here and for setting the example, tone and tempo for “this incredible enterprise.”

Brown welcomed Fenton’s replacement, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, who came to USARPAC from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division, where he was the 31st commanding general and division engineer.

“Simply put, (Jeffery) is the right general, at the right time, with the right skills to continue the momentum and carry forward the important work of his predecessor,” Brown said.

U.S. Army Pacific commanding general Gen. Robert B Brown (left); Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton (center), outgoing assistant chief of staff of operations, USARPAC; and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, incoming assistant chief of staff of operations, USARPAC, stand ready for a Flying "V" ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, May 18. The Flying "V" ceremony was held to honor Fenton for his distinguished service as he prepares to depart USARPAC. The "V" refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)  

From left, USARPAC commander Gen. Robert B Brown, Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, outgoing assistant chief of staff of operations, USARPAC; and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, incoming assistant chief of staff of operations, USARPAC, stand ready for a Flying V ceremony.

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