In Thursday's House Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) thanked Secretary of the Army John McHugh and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno for elevating U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter from a three-star general position to a four-star general position.
The Pentagon announced in February that Lt. General Vincent K. Brooks will be promoted to a four-star general, and once confirmed he will take over U.S. Army Pacific this summer.
"This decision reflects our nation's firm commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance, and ensures the U.S. Army Pacific commander will have equal rank when dealing with our allies and other countries. Senator Inouye was a strong advocate for this change because he understood the global importance rank plays, and that if the U.S. wants to continue to be known as a superpower, our military leadership should reflect that.
"Mahalo to Secretary McHugh and General Odierno for taking the time to speak to the committee this morning. I am pleased this elevation in rank will be taking place this year."
Hanabusa also asked the panel how they are preparing for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, two very distinct theaters, amid budget cuts.