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Lt Gen Vincent K. Brooks
On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Pentagon stated that President Barack Obama had nominated Lieutenant General Brooks to succeed the retiring Lieutenant General Francis Wiercinski, and for promotion to four-star General, bringing the U.S. Army Pacific Command on par with the United States Pacific Fleet and the Pacific Air Forces, both of which are currently led by commanders with four-star rank. On March 5, 2013 the United States Senate confirmed the nomination.
He was a basketball player and he decided to follow his brother to West Point to study to become an officer. At West Point, Brooks was the academy's first African-American cadet First Captain, an appointment that brought much public visibility at an early age in life. After graduating in 1980, Brooks served in Korea and Kosovo among other places. In Kosovo he concurrently served as the deputy commander of the U.S. force in Kosovo (Task Force Falcon) and as commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. From that position he moved to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. While serving there he was temporarily assigned to be Deputy Director of Operations at U.S. Central Command or CENTCOM. Returning to the Pentagon and The Joint Staff in April 2003 he became the Strategic Planner for the War on Terrorism.
In his role as Deputy Director of Operations he also became the spokesperson of United States Central Command, the main force in the Middle East. At that time he was the youngest general officer in the Army. He served as the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division