The general who had commanded the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth for the last two years has relinquished his command.

The general who had commanded the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth for the last two years has relinquished his command.

Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, who is being promoted to a four-star general, will now serve as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, according to a news release from Fort Leavenworth.

Brown relinquished his command at Fort Leavenworth Thursday within hours of learning that the U.S. Senate had confirmed his promotion.

"While such a compressed timeline between confirmation and departure for a new position is rare, sometimes the needs of the Army dictate a swift move," Scott Gibson, a spokesman for the Combined Arms Center, said in a news release. "This is an example of how our soldiers, from private to general, go where they are needed when called upon."

Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, was at the fort on other business Thursday and officiated over a departure and award ceremony for Brown, Gibson said.

Brown was presented the Distinguished Service Medal during the ceremony.

Gibson said Brown made a farewell address Friday morning to students of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Brown had been the commander of CAC and Fort Leavenworth since February 2014.

During his tenure at Fort Leavenworth, Brown managed the establishment of the Army University. Brown also is credited with a key role in the creation of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program Academy.

Gibson said he does not yet know who will be appointed to serve as the next commanding general of CAC and Fort Leavenworth.

Brig. Gen. John Kem, who is the provost of the Army University and deputy commandant of the CGSC, will serve as the interim commander, Gibson said.

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