Army chief of staff wraps up Asia-Pacific tour

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Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, visits Hawaii to meet with U.S. Army Pacific leadership and 25th Infantry Division Soldiers during his Asia-Pacific tour. Milley witnessed the 25th ID's Jungle Operations Training Center capabilities and how it trains students in an austere environment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, visits Hawaii to meet with U.S. Army Pacific leadership and 25th Infantry Division Soldiers during his Asia-Pacific tour. Milley witnessed the 25th ID’s Jungle Operations Training Center capabilities and how it trains students in an austere environment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

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WASHINGTON — The chief of staff of the Army wrapped up a 10-day tour of the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, Aug. 23, with a troop visit in Hawaii.

Gen. Mark A. Milley met with Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks and visited the division’s Lightning Academy, where he observed Soldiers demonstrating their jungle survival skills.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, visits Hawaii to meet with U.S. Army Pacific leadership and 25th Infantry Division Soldiers during his Asia-Pacific tour. Milley witnessed the 25th ID's Jungle Operations Training Center capabilities and how it trains students in an austere environment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, visits Hawaii to meet with U.S. Army Pacific leadership and 25th Infantry Division Soldiers during his Asia-Pacific tour. Milley witnessed the 25th ID’s Jungle Operations Training Center capabilities and how it trains students in an austere environment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

While in Hawaii, Milley also met with 25th ID command teams, viewed company headquarters buildings, and toured an Army ship, the Logistics Support Vessel of the Army’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The Army is a critical part of maintaining stability in the region and your Soldiers are doing a great job throughout the entire region,” Milley told leaders. “From the jungle school to Pacific Pathways, they are doing a lot to gain and maintain high levels of readiness.”

Milley kicked off his Asia tour with a trip to China, Aug. 16-17, where he met with the People’s Liberation Army ground force commander, Gen. Li Zuocheng, and participated in a round-table discussion with researchers at the PLA’s Academy of Military Sciences, the country’s leading defense think tank.

He next travelled to the Republic of Korea, where he spoke with brigade command teams and Soldiers at Camp Humphreys. He also met with U.S. Forces Korea commanding general Gen. Vincent Brooks, observed preparations for exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, and received an update from the 2nd ID/ROK-US Combined Division at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Aug. 18. He concluded his South Korea visit with a meeting hosted by his ROK Army counterpart, Gen. Jang Jun-Kyu, on Friday, Aug. 19.

The Chief of Staff tours U.S. Pacific Command (Photo by U.S. Army)

The Chief of Staff tours U.S. Pacific Command (Photo by U.S. Army)

Milley then travelled to Japan and met with the chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Gen. Toshiya Okabe; the chief of staff of the Joint Staff, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano; and Tomomi Inada, the minister of defense. He attended a town hall-style lunch with U.S. Army-Japan leaders at Camp Zama, Saturday, before departing for Hawaii.

In Hawaii, Milley attended the Na Koa wounded warrior regatta, toured the Armed Forces Recreation Center’s Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, and met with the commanders and staff of both U.S. Army-Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command, as well as Hawaii Governor David Ige.

During the trip, Hollyanne Milley, the Army chief of staff’s wife, met with Army spouses and U.S. and multinational counterpart spouses in China, South Korea, Japan and Hawaii to discuss quality of life issues, including medical care, education and commissaries.

The Chief of Staff meets with leaders at U.S. Army-Pacific. (Photo by U.S. Army)

The Chief of Staff meets with leaders at U.S. Army-Pacific. (Photo by U.S. Army)

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