February 8, 2006 No. 4

CONTACT: Terry Shima (301-987-6746); ttshima@worldnet.att.net)

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By Japanese American Veterans Association
[Ed. note: The following is a press release issued by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, located at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.]

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – In a January 27 ceremony at Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Ft Belvoir, Virginia, Col. Bert K. Mizusawa was promoted to Brigadier General. Mizusawa serves as AMC’s assistant deputy chief of staff for operations.

GEN Benjamin S. Griffin, AMC commanding general, and Mrs. Yvonne Mizusawa pin on BG Bert K. Mizusawa’s
new stars during a Jan. 27 promotion ceremony at AMC. 

Mizusawa is currently serving as an Army reservist. During his duty time, he serves as AMC’s assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. In his civilian time, he is the president of Paxcentric, Inc. and the Japanese American Veterans Association.

AMC’s commanding general, Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin and Mrs. Mizusawa pinned the stars on. His sons, Mark and Michael, placed the insignia to his epaulets while his youngest son, Eric, pinned the star onto his dad’s beret.

Mizusawa’s mother and brother also attended the ceremony. Other notable attendees included former Army chief of staff, retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, and former AMC commanding general, retired Gen. William G.T. Tuttle.

Mizusawa has served the U.S. Government as both a civilian and member of the U.S. Army. As a civilian, he was head of the Department of the Army’s interagency and international affairs. He was also a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he had staff oversight of defense strategy, the unified command plan, three combatant commands, terrorism and U.S. involvement in the Balkans.

During his military career, Mizusawa has served in both active and reserve capacities. With combat service in Korea and Afghanistan, he has been awarded the Silver Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He also holds the Combat and Expert Infantryman, Ranger, Master Parachutist, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Staff badges.

Mizusawa holds a bachelor’s from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a master’s of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars.

Complementing the Army Materiel Command’s press release, the Japanese American Veterans Association, a nationwide organization that serves the interests of Asian Pacific American veterans, noted that Mizusawa joins 43 other Asia Pacific American general and flag officers on active duty, reserve, national guard, US Public Health Service, or retired status. They are:

I. Chinese American:
RADM Ming E. Chang, USN, Ret.
MG William S. C. Chen, USA, Ret.
Maj Gen Vernon Chong, USAF, Ret. M.D.
BG John Fugan, USA
MG John L. Fugh, Ret.
MG Calvin Kelly Lau, USA, Reserve
BG Robert G.F. Lee, Adjutant General, Hawaii
RADM Samuel Lin, Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service
Maj. Gen Dewey K.K. Lowe, USAF, Ret.
BG Alexis T. Lum, Hawaii National Guard
BG Frederick G. Wong, USA, Ret

II. Filipino American:
MG John D’Araujo, Jr. ARNG Hawaii
BG Oscar B. Hilman
BG Danny Paulino, National Guard
LTG Edward Soriano, USA.Ret
MG Anthony Taguba, USA

III. Hawaii, Pacific Islands
BGen Vincente T. Blalz, USMC, Ret.
BG Dwight Kealoha, USA, National Guard
Maj Gen Edward Richardson, USAF, National Guard

III. Japanese American:
BG Clarence M. Agena, USA, Ret.
RADM James Beebe, USA
MG Thomas Bostic, USA
BG John Campbell, USA
BG Paul Y. Chinen, USA, Ret.
RADM. Melvin M. Chiogioji
Brig. General Myron N. Dobashi
BG Jim Hirai, USA
BG Gary Ishikawa, USA. Deputy TAG, Hawaii
BG Arthur Ishimoto, USA
LTG Eugene Seigo Imai, USA, National Guard
MG Dennis A. Kamimura, USA, Ret.
MG Jason K. Kamiya, USA
MG Theodore S. Kanamine, USA, Ret.
VADM Robert Kihune, USN
MG Rodney Kobayashi, USA, Ret.
BG Vern T. Miyagi, USA,Ret.
BG Bert Mizusawa, USA, Ret.
RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu, US Public Health Service
LTG Allen Ono, USA, Ret.
MG Joe Peterson, USA
MG James Mukoyama, USA, Ret.
BG Glen I. Sakagawa, USA
GEN Eric Shinseki, USA, Ret
BG Francis Takemoto, USA

JAVA is currently updating its list of Asian Pacific American general and flag officers for its website (www.javadc.org). We wish to invite you to make any additions and changes. Please contact Terry Shima, 301-987-6746; ttshima@worldnet.att.net). 30