By Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, USARPAC Public AffairsNovember 15, 2013
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Colonel (Promotable) Robert J. Ulses was welcomed as the Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations, U.S. Army-Pacific, during a Flying V ceremony at Palm Circle, here, November 15.
The ceremony was officiated by USARPAC Commanding General, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks.
Ulses was joined by wife Kathy Ulses and son 1st Lt. Brian Ulses and daughter-in-law Valerie Ulses, who were presented with leis as a welcome to the USARPAC. Brooks welcomed Ulses and his family for his third time to Hawaii, although the first time, according to Brooks, was birth.
"(Col.) Rob Ulses was born here at Tripler Army Medical Center, then two of his three children were born here when he was previously stationed here, so he is no stranger to the One Team Ohana in which he is welcomed today," said Brooks. "He has extensive operations experience as a combat aviator and as a staff officer at a joint staff and at Army headquarters."
According to Brooks, this welcome is part of series of changes which reflects the command's move to a four star command, which includes upgrading the position of the assistant chief of staff of operations position from a colonel to a brigadier general.
Ulses expressed his pride in joining the USARPAC team, and his honor at officially receiving his new position during the ceremony.
"I look forward to working closely with the staff of the United States Army Pacific and within the Pacific Command and all service components of the Pacific," said Ulses. "Right now we are working on typhoon relief and it's just another example of what working together to get the job done can do."
Currently a joint effort by U.S. military to assist those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan as part of Operation Damayan.
"The response to the disaster in the Philippines is being led by Rob here and that's just one example of the action he has already taken," said Brooks. "The Army made a great choice in assigning [Ulses] here during this pivotal period, focusing on the rebalance towards the Asia Pacific region."
The Flying V ceremony traditionally welcomes or honors senior Army officials when they assume duties or depart from an Army command. The name, Flying V, refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped.