New USFK Chief Takes Command

      May 02, 2016 12:15

      USFK commander Vincent Brooks speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Seoul on Saturday.

      Gen. Vincent Brooks assumed command of the U.S. Forces Korea on Saturday. He replaces Curtis Scaparrotti.

      "We must look into the future with clear eyes, confronting the challenges to peace and prosperity, and doing so in a spirit that is becoming of those who served and sacrificed before us," Brooks (58) said at his inauguration ceremony.

      He said he is glad to take up his new post since he and his wife have many memories of Korea.

      After graduating summa cum laude from the West Point military academy in 1980, Brooks served a tour in Korea. He is a field operations expert who has served as commander of airborne and infantry units and was until recently commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific.

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