New commander to take over at US Army Pacific

New commander to take over at US Army Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) - A new commander is taking over as the leader of Army soldiers in the Pacific.

Lt. Gen. Robert Brown is succeeding Gen. Vincent Brooks as the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Brooks is becoming the new commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Brown will lead about 80,000 soldiers from Washington state, Alaska and Hawaii to Japan.

Brooks will hand over command to Brown during a ceremony at U.S. Army Pacific headquarters in Hawaii on Wednesday. Brown will be promoted to a four-star general just before the ceremony.

The West Point graduate comes to Hawaii from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. He experience commanding the I Corps in Washington state and serving as a U.S. Army Pacific plans officer and U.S. Pacific Command staff officer.

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