By Staff Sgt. Christopher McCulloughJuly 4, 2015
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Brig. Gen. Robert J. Ulses, outgoing assistant chief of staff of operations, U.S. Army Pacific, and Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, incoming assistant chief of staff of operations, were honored during a Flying "V" ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, July 1.
The Flying "V" ceremony traditionally welcomes or honors senior Army officials when they assume duties or depart from an USARPAC. The "V" refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped.
Fifteen of USARPAC's subordinate and theater-enabling commands were represented on the parade field by Soldiers bearing the organizational colors and command teams.
Ulses prepares to depart USARPAC, after 21-months of distinguished service, USARPAC for the 7th Infantry Division where he will assume the duties of deputy commanding general of the I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., unit.
U.S. Army Pacific commanding general Gen. Vincent K. Brooks officiated the ceremony and addressed Ulses' importance to USARPAC and the impact he had on the command.
"Rob brought to [the G3] position a truly natural talent for building teams; it's something he's really a master of doing," Brooks said. "People just want to come and be a part of the team that Rob Ulses has put together. They're willing to go the extra hours, the extra miles, the extra push to get done the hard work that we have to do here. That's the nature of Rob's effect here."
Ulses has 30 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. He has been with USARPAC since 2013, during which time he manned the assistant chief of staff of operations as the position's first general after USARPAC was elevated from a 3-star command to a 4-star command as part of the Asia-Pacific strategic rebalance.
"Rob Ulses was the first general chosen to fulfill that position," Brooks said. "So in many ways today is the end of the first round of this new history that we are experiencing in U.S. Army Pacific with a general officer in G3 now being replaced for the first time by another general officer, Brigadier General Bryan Fenton."
Brooks went on to thank Ulses for his contributions to USARPAC and stated how glad he is that Ulses will be staying in the USARPAC theater.
"They're going to head off to 7th Infantry Division ... another famous Pacific division where Rob will become the deputy commanding general of that division," Brooks said. "They will be lucky to have him, and we'll be lucky that his role is still going to be impacting our activities and our operations in the Pacific."
Ulses expressed that it was a great honor to have served under Brooks, and gave thanks to Brooks for not only for the opportunity to serve, but for placing his trust in him during his tenure at USARPAC.
"It's been a leadership lab under his tutelage; full of initiatives and innovation. He's truly established a One Team atmosphere and attitude here in the Pacific," said Ulses.
Brooks also celebrated the arrival of Ulses' replacement, Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, who is coming to USARPAC from the 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he was the deputy commanding general of operations.
"This is another proven combat leader with extraordinary experiences over 28 years that he now brings to this USARPAC [family]. If you can imagine it, Bryan Fenton has been there and done it," Brooks said. "Simply put, Bryan Fenton is the right general at the right time with the right skills to move us forward and we know he'll do that."