Lt. Gen. Eugene P. Forrester
Lt. Gen. Eugene P. Forrester commanded the US Army, Pacific (Western Command) from 1981 until his retirement in 1983. A graduate of the US Military Academy in 1948, he also earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from George Washington University and an LLD from Chung Ang University in Korea. His military schooling includes the Armed Forces Staff College, the British Staff College, and the National War College.
During the Vietnam War, Forrester served two combat tours, commanding the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in 1968 and as assistant division commander for the 1st Cavalry Division in 1970. The following year he served on the Civil Operations and Rural Development Support for the Headquarters of the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.
Major commands for Forrester include commanding the US Army Administration Center at Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana, from 1973-1975. He commanded the US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, from 1975-1978. Prior to his Hawaiian command he commanded the 6th US Army at the Presidio, and then the Combined Field Army in Korea.
Among Gen. Forrester's decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks