SOCPAC conductschange of command ceremony

Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard (left), commander of U.S. Pacific Command, welcomes Air Force Maj. Gen. Norman J. Brozenick Jr. (right) as the new commander of Special Operations Command-Pacific, during a change of command ceremony June 9 at Camp H.M. Smith. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Peter J. Thibodeau

U.S. Special Operations Command-Pacific Public Affairs Office

CAMP H. M. SMITH – Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, presided over a change of command ceremony here June 9, as Air Force Maj. Gen. Norman J. Brozenick Jr. assumed command of the Special Operations Command, Pacific, from Navy Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus.

Willard awarded Pybus the Defense Superior Service Medal in recognition of his accomplishments as commander of SOCPAC and said, “I regard him as the most effective SOF commander we’ve ever had.”

“I know of no finer officer in the SOF community and no finer man to go on to develop our Navy’s SEALs,” Willard said. Pybus will become the next commander of Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, Calif.

Brozenick and wife Lisa were welcomed by Willard to Hawaii and to SOCPAC. “His experiences will serve him well in the extremely dynamic Asia-Pacific region,” Willard said.

Brozenick is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours and has served in MC-130 Combat Talon squadrons and commanded a combat aviation advisory squadron. Brozenick also commanded the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan during tsunami relief operations in Indonesia and Thailand.

Prior to assuming command of SOCPAC, he was the director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments at Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Brozenick is the 15th officer to hold the position of commander of SOCPAC.

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