Four-star general takes over U.S. Army Pacific Command

By Paula Akana
Published On: Jul 02 2013 10:04:39 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 07:21:39 AM HST

A four star general now leads the U.S. Army Pacific Command.

FT. SHAFTER, Hawaii -

For the first time in nearly four decades, a four-star general has taken over leadership of the U.S. Army Pacific Command.

Gen. Vincent Brooks took command at a ceremony Tuesday at Fort Shafter.

Under his command are 80,000 soldiers.

The Obama administration elevated the command to four-star as the army begins to refocus its attention on the Pacific.

It's a critical time as the army experiences forced reduction, worldwide uncertainty and the evolution of warfare, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno told those who attended the change-of-command ceremony.

"I believe this presents us with opportunities to refocus on areas and regions that will be of significant importance to our nation in the years ahead," he said.

Brooks told reporters it was an honor to join his new command.

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