FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii"Brig. Gen. Jeffery Underhill, commander of 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted a Flying “V” ceremony to honor and welcome Brig. Gen. Robert F. Mathews, deputy commanding general at U.S. Army Pacific, July 18 at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

The Flying “V” ceremony traditionally welcomes or honors senior Army officials when they assume duties or depart from an Army command and refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped.

“Leading the largest service component in the Army is no easy task, however we are excited to have you as the general officer of your caliber in this command,” said Underhill. “We are looking forward to everything that USARPAC is poised to do and accomplish during your time here.”

Happy to be back in the ranks of USARPAC, Matthews is honored to be serving and working with the Soldiers, Civilians, Families and other military services, he said.

“To USARPAC, you have an absolutely outstanding reputation and I am proud to provide whatever leadership and support I can provide to you,” said Mathews. “I will dedicate 100 percent of my commitment to ensure our Soldiers, Families and Civilians have the support that they need.”

Mathews, whose recent assignment was commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, became the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific on May 29.