Former Inherent Resolve commander takes over US Army Pacific and its 85,000 soldiers

Gen. Paul LaCamera, one of the Army's most experienced combat leaders, took command of U.S. Army Pacific during a ceremony at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Gen. Paul LaCamera, one of the Army's most experienced combat leaders, took command of U.S. Army Pacific during a ceremony at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Former Inherent Resolve commander takes over US Army Pacific and its 85,000 soldiers

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Gen. Paul LaCamera, one of the Army’s most experienced combat leaders, has assumed command of U.S. Army Pacific after leading America’s campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“His operational experience is truly unmatched, with more than three decades of service in leadership positions within the infantry, airborne and special operations units,” Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said during a brief ceremony Monday at Fort Shafter. “He has deployed for longer periods than just about anyone currently serving in the U.S. Army.”

In September, LaCamera handed off command of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad. Earlier this month he stepped down as XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general at Fort Bragg, N.C.

“Under his leadership, Inherent Resolve recovered more than 100,000 square kilometers of territory across Iraq and Syria, liberating nearly 8 million people from ISIS control,” Davidson said.

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