Bert Mizusawa

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Major General
Bert K. Mizusawa
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Birth name Bert K. Mizusawa
Born January 1957
Honolulu, Hawaii
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1979-present
Rank Major General US-O8 insignia.svg
Awards Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Combat Infantryman
Master Parachutist
Ranger
Air Assault
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Humanitarian Service Medal
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Spouse(s) Yvonne Facchina Mizusawa
Alma mater West Point
Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Children Three
Website
www.bertmizusawa.com (personal)
www.paxcentric.com (business)

Bert Kameaaloha “Bert” Mizusawa (born January 1957) is a major general in the United States Army Reserve. His awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and 30 other awards as well as the Combat Infantryman, Master Parachutist, Ranger tab, Air Assault, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Badges. Mizusawa has also received the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and awards from two foreign governments.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bert K. Mizusawa, a Japanese American, was born January 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mizusawa is the second of six boys born to George and Theodora Mizusawa.[2] Mizusawa's father met his mother in Europe (1953) while serving in the United States Army.[3][4] Soon thereafter Mizusawa's father enlisted in the United States Air Force, moving the Mizusawa Family to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.[5]

Education[edit]

Kecoughtan High School

In 1975 Mizusawa graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia. While in high school Mizusawa participated in varsity football, wrestling, and track.[6]

West Point

In 1975 Mizusawa was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point he served in the Cadet Captain position as Assistant Operations Officer.[7] On June 6, 1979 Mizusawa received his diploma from then Deputy Secretary of Defense, Charles W. Duncan, Jr., and graduated as the “number one man”—first in his class.[8]

Harvard

In 1986 Mizusawa was accepted to Harvard Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1989. He also received a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and was selected as a MacArthur Fellow, interning on the United States Attorneys’ Counterdrug Task Force.[9]

Military[edit]

Graduating as top man on the list, Mizusawa received his first choice in the USMA Corps of Cadets’ branch drawings—infantry.[10]

Captain[edit]

As a Captain, Mizusawa — an Airborne Ranger, served as a paratrooper in Italy and commanded an elite infantry unit in the Korean DMZ.[11]

Soviet Defector Incident
"On November 23, 1984, Mizusawa deployed from Camp Kitty Hawk (renamed Camp Bonifas in 1985) to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and commanded Joint Security Forces during the Soviet Defector Incident. At approximately 1130 hours, during a communist-led tour, Soviet citizen Vasily Matusak suddenly dashed across the Military Demarcation Line into South Korea. Thirty KPA soldiers pursued him, firing their weapons as they did so. The KPA soldiers, who were pinned down by fire from the JSF's 4th Platoon on guard duty in Panmunjom, were quickly outmaneuvered and isolated in the area of the Sunken Garden, now the site of the Unification Monument. In the 40-minute firefight that ensued, Corporal Jang Myong-Ki was killed, and Private First Class Michael A. Burgoyne was wounded.[12]"

Colonel[edit]

As a Colonel, Mizusawa commanded the first team deployed to Afghanistan from the Joint Center for Operational Analysis, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the Army Reserve Information Operations Command.[13]

ARIOC
"The Army Reserve Information Operations Command headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, supported Grecian Firebolt 2002 and its quest to test homeland-defense communications. Activated in October 2001, ARIOC is a U.S. Army Reserve asset charged to conduct information operations. The organization, commanded by COL Bert Mizusawa, has five subordinate IO centers. IOCs are located at Adelphi, Maryland; Fort Devens, Mass.; Oakdale, Pennsylvania; Dublin, California; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Each IOC is commanded by a lieutenant colonel and is authorized 90 soldiers with the mission to conduct information-assurance and computer-network-defense operations.[14]"

Brigadier General[edit]

Mizusawa was the Deputy Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command Theater. Prior to this Brig. Gen. Mizusawa served as the Deputy G3 of the U.S. Army Materiel Command; and as Deputy to the Commanding General, Multinational Corps-Iraq.[15]

Major General[edit]

On August 2, 2011 Mizusawa was promoted to major general and assumed the assignment of Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Joint Chiefs of Staff.[16]

Government[edit]

From 1995 to 1998, Mizusawa was appointed to the Professional Staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he assisted the Chairman with oversight of national defense. In 1996, he authored the GOP national security platform for the presidential campaign. In 1998, he was appointed as a three-star level Senior Executive in The Pentagon.[17]

Mizusawa is currently serving as Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C..[18]

Mizusawa is currently admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia[19] and the State of New York.[20]

During the United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2010, Mizusawa unsuccessfully stood for the Republican nomination to stand in Virginia's 2nd congressional district. Though leading financially in the last two periods and was seen as a front runner, he ultimately came third in the primary behind eventual nominee Scott Rigell who went on to defeat incumbent Glenn Nye.

2010 Republican Congressional Primary, 2nd district[21]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Scott Rigell 14,396 39.50%
Ben Loyola 9,761 26.78%
Bert Mizusawa 6,341 17.40%
Scott Taylor 2,950 8.09%
Jessica Sandlin 1,620 4.44%
Ed Maulbeck 1,371 3.76%

Articles[edit]

  • Decentralized information age training: key to U.S. antiterrorism efforts. (Homeland Security) — (Sep. 2003) Colonel Mizusawa discusses the application of decentralized information age training in coping with the homeland security threat posed by terrorism in the U.S. Colonel Mizusawa also discusses the advantage of the application for city and country leadership; challenges in the deployment process; and drawbacks of Internet-based applications.[22]

Mentions[edit]

  • Dangerous Games: faces, incidents and casualties of the Cold War by James E. Wise, Jr., and Scott Baron. Naval Institute Press (2010): Annapolis, Maryland
  • The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas Brinkley. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation (2007): New York, New York (Referencing Soviet Defector Incident in Korean DMZ)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USAR". United States Army Reserve. 
  2. ^ Wise, James E. (2010). Dangerous Games: faces, incidents and casualties of the Cold War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-59114-968-2. 
  3. ^ Payne, Kimball (June 6, 2010). "BIO: Bert Mizusawa". Daily Press. 
  4. ^ Wise, James E. (2010). Dangerous Games: faces, incidents and casualties of the Cold War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-59114-968-2. 
  5. ^ Payne, Kimball (June 6, 2010). "BIO: Bert Mizusawa". Daily Press. 
  6. ^ Payne, Kimball (June 6, 2010). "BIO: Bert Mizusawa". Daily Press. 
  7. ^ "Annual Report of the Association of Graduates" (PDF). Vol. 37, No. 3, December 1978. Collection of U.S. Military Academy Library. 
  8. ^ "Annual Report of the Association of Graduates" (PDF). Vol. 38, No. 2, September 1979. Collection of the U.S. Military Academy Library. 
  9. ^ Harvard Law School Alumni Directory, 1953-2003. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Law School. c. 2003. 
  10. ^ "Annual Report of the Association of Graduates". Vol. 38, No. 1, June 1979. Collection of the U.S. Military Academy Library. 
  11. ^ "USAR". United States Army Reserve. 
  12. ^ Wise, James E. (2010). Dangerous Games: faces, incidents and casualties of the Cold War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-59114-968-2. 
  13. ^ "USAR". United States Army Reserve. 
  14. ^ Haight, Timothy LTC (2002). "Information Operations Command partners with 331st Theater Signal Command". Army Communicator. 
  15. ^ "USAR". United States Army Reserve. 
  16. ^ "Presidential Nominations". 112th Congress. PN835-112. (2011-2012).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  17. ^ Payne, Kimball (June 6, 2010). "BIO: Bert Mizusawa". Daily Press. 
  18. ^ "General Officer Moves". West Point Association of Graduates. July 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "DC Bar". Retrieved June 2011. 
  20. ^ "New York State Bar Association". Retrieved June 2011. 
  21. ^ "2010 June Republican Primary Unofficial Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. 
  22. ^ Mizusawa, Bert (September 2003). "Decentralized information age training: key to U.S. antiterrorism efforts". Officer 80 (6): 16–18.