Army to Replace Three-Star Commander With Four-Star General at Fort Shafter

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated a four-star general to take command of the U.S. Army Pacific, an appointment with far-reaching implications for the nation's military posture in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Pentagon announced that Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, currently commanding general of the Third Army with headquarters in South Carolina, had been nominated for promotion to full general and assignment to the Pacific Army headquarters at Fort Shafter.

Brooks, whose nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, who plans to retire after 34 years of service, the last two as the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) commander. A spokesman at Fort Shafter said the change of command had been scheduled for June 5.

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