U.S. Army’s Top Pacific Commander to Visit Chile

General Vincent K. Brooks
General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC).

At the invitation of the Chilean Army Commander, General Humberto Oviedo, General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), will be in Chile April 15-16 for an official visit with the Chilean Army. While in Santiago, he will meet with military and government civilian officials to discuss bi-lateral topics in the areas of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and the importance of the Indo-Asia Pacific region to both the United States and Chile.

As the Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, General Brooks exercises administrative control of all U.S. Army forces in the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility and performs security programs with 36 countries from the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

The relationship between USARPAC and the Chilean Army is steadily growing with increased levels in Chilean army support and observers in USARPAC events and exercises. General Brooks’ visit is a follow-on to General Oviedo’s visit to the USARPAC headquarters in August 2014 and allows leaders from both countries to further discuss global challenges and seek ways to strengthen and increase partnership and engagement in the region.

The Chilean military’s advanced capabilities and professionalism enables the United States to partner across a wide range of areas. Looking to the future, USARPAC views Chile as a key partner in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. The U.S.-Chile defense relationship is strong and vibrant based on common values and shared interests. Both countries are working with like-minded partners to promote stability and security regionally and globally.

General Vincent K. Brooks

General Brooks took command of U.S. Army Pacific on July 2, 2013. During his 33 years as a commissioned officer, General Brooks served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, Korea, Kosovo and the Middle East. In addition to his overseas deployments, General Brooks has served at the national-level in the Pentagon as aide-de-camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and as the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs, among other positions.

General Brooks graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980, holds a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military States at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the New English School of Law in Boston. He also served as a National Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

For additional information regarding General Brooks and U.S. Army Pacific go to www.usarpac.army.mil