Brooks Takes Command of UNC, CFC, USFK
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea --
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Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks takes the U.S. Forces Korea colors from Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command during a change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, in which Brooks took command of United Nations Command, Combined Force Command and U.S. Forces Korea, April 30, 2016. Photo by Army Sgt. Russell Youmans
Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks took command of U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command in a ceremony held here today.
Brooks took command from Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, who had been in command since October, 2013. The ceremony was co-hosted by South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo and Air Force Gen. Paul. J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Brooks’ most recent assignment was as commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific. He has held command at every level of the Army and served on the joint staff, in addition to serving as the deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command.
Scaparotti will next serve as the commander of U.S. European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
“In the present day, the challenges continue to rise, but so does the strength of this alliance and the resolve of the United Nations,” said Brooks. “We must look into the future with clear eyes, confronting the challenges to peace and prosperity, and doing so in a spirit that is becoming of those who served and sacrificed before us.”