U.S. Army Gen. Vincent Brooks officially took the post of commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command in a ceremony held Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
The Defense Department said Brooks succeeded Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who will serve as commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commanderat NATO.
Brooks was nominated to the post in March and previously served as U.S. Army Pacific’s commanding general.
“In the present day, the challenges continue to rise, but so does the strength of this alliance and the resolve of the United Nations,” said Brooks.
“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.”
DoD says the 36-year Army veteran has taken command of every level of the service branch, served on the joint staff and held the role of deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command.