By Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson (USARPAC)February 17, 2015
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Feb. 17, 2015) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visited with Soldiers and leaders throughout U.S. Army Pacific, or USARPAC, on Oahu, Hawaii, Feb. 11-12.
Odierno met with USARPAC Commanding General Gen. Vincent K. Brooks at USARPAC's headquarters located on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter. This trip marks his third trip to the Indo-Asia Pacific region since 2011.
During the meeting, Odierno and Brooks discussed rebalance in the Indo-Asia Pacific, effects of sequestration, innovations in readiness and capabilities, as well as various other topics.
Although Odierno and Brooks talked about reducing the number of Soldiers in the Pacific, forces will still play a vital role in this region.
The Indo-Asia Pacific region stretches across 16 time zones representing more than 50 percent of the world's population. Five of the seven U.S. mutual defense agreements are held in the Pacific along with seven of the 10 world's largest armies.
After visiting with USARPAC, Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, or AAMD, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, or TSC, 9th Mission Support Command logistical shipping vessels, 25th Infantry Division to include the non-commissioned officer, or NCO, training center - Lightning Academy, and the Jungle Operation Training Center.
While at the 94th AAMD, Odierno received an overview of the integrated air missile defense plan from the 94th AAMDC staff directorates and recognized several Soldiers for their achievements.
Odierno visited piers at Hickam Air Force Base, where the 9th MSC's LSV-7 was docked.
During the visit, Odierno discussed Army watercraft systems utilization, readiness/modernization, active-reserve multi-component operations, initiatives and roles in setting the theater and enabling joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational operations across the Pacific region.
Odierno's final stop took him to Schofield, where he discussed the capabilities and operability of Tropic Lightning Soldiers in the 25th Infantry Division, received a first-hand look at jungle operations, and talked to some of the future leaders at the NCO academy. He finished his tour with a town hall meeting where Soldiers could discuss their concerns and issues along with their family members.