Former USFK chief assumes command of Pacific Air Forces
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The former head of U.S. Forces Korea assumed command Tuesday of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, saying those in uniform must stand firm against aggression in the region.
Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy was given his fourth star shortly before taking command during a ceremony that included remarks by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and U.S. Pacific Command head Adm. Harry Harris.
Former PACAF commander Gen. Lori J. Robinson departed in early May to become commander of U.S. Northern Command. Since then, PACAF had been temporarily led by Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, commander of 11th Air Force, which is based at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.
“Now we’re going to send you back to Alaska with some aloha shirts,” Harris said jokingly as he talked about the transition of commands, which are among a number whose nominations were recently held up in Washington, D.C.
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