Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patrick Keairnes
Western command / CINCPAC Support Group
Command Sergeant Major Robert Keairnes was born in 1929 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. A veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam, he joined the Army in 1947. Keairnes served as Command Sergeant Major for the US Army CINCPAC Support Group, a successor to the original US Army Pacific command (1947-74), from 1975-1979. He subsequently served as the first Command Sergeant Major of CINCPAC Support Group’s successor, US Army Western Command (WESTCOM).
Keairnes’s other significant duty assignments included Command Sergeant Major of the Infantry Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia; Command Sergeant Major for the Joint US Advisory Group, Korea; and serving as a member of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Committee in Washington, DC.
Among Kearines’s awards were the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Keairnes died in 1996 and is buried at Fort Bragg Military Cemetery.
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