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Paul M. Nakasone
Paul M. Nakasone (2).jpg
Nakasone in 2016
Born November 19, 1963(1963-11-19) (age 56)
Place of birth St. Paul, Minnesota[1]
Allegiance Flag of the United States.svg United States
Service/branch Flag of the United States Army (1775).gif United States Army[1]
Years of service 1986–present
Rank Flag of a United States Army lieutenant general.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
Army Commendation Medal

Paul Miki Nakasone (born November 19, 1963)[2] is a senior officer in the United States Army and is the current commander of the United States Army Cyber Command.[3][4] Nakasone was also the commander of the United States Second Army prior to its inactivation on March 31, 2017.[5] He took command of the United States Second Army and United States Army Cyber Command on October 14, 2016, from Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon.[4]

Early life and educationEdit

Nakasone was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Edwin M. Nakasone, a retired Army Colonel who served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II, and Mary Anne Nakasone (née Costello).[1][2][6][7] Nakasone grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and attended White Bear High School.[3][8][9] He is married and has four children.[1][3]

He attended St. John’s University where he received his commission after graduation in 1986 through a reserve officer training program.[1][8] Nakasone has also attended the University of Southern California, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the US Army War College, holding masters degrees from each.[1][3][8][10] He also is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.[4]


Paul M. Nakasone Casing 2nd Army Colors 2

Nakasone casing the Second Army's colors in 2017 at its inactivation ceremony.

During his career, Nakasone has served in various roles in the United States Army, holding commands at the company, battalion, and brigade levels.[3] He has also held foreign postings in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea and has served as a senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division and corps levels.[3] Nakasone served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Deputy Director for Trans-Regional Policy in 2012 when he was promoted to Brigadier General and previously served as a staff officer for General Keith B. Alexander.[1][11]

Prior to being promoted to Lieutenant General in 2016, Nakasone was deputy commanding general of United States Cyber Command and later commander of the Cyber National Mission Force at United States Cyber Command.[3][4][12][13][14] Nakasone has twice served as a staff officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the Director of Intelligence, J2, for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[3] On October 14, 2016, Nakasone took command of the United States Second Army and United States Army Cyber Command.[3][4] Nakasone was also given control of United States Cyber Command's Joint Task Force-ARES, a task-force designed to coordinate electronic counter-terrorist activities against the Islamic State.[4][15] He served as commander of the Second Army until it was inactivated for the fourth time in its history on March 31, 2017 and remains commander of United States Army Cyber Command.[5]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Since receiving his commission, Nakasone has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, among a number of other decorations.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Kuroda, Janelle (February 10, 2012). "Japanese American Promoted To Rank Of Brigadier General, Continuing Family Legacy Of Service". Japanese American Veterans Association. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Person Details for Paul Miki Nakasone, "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002"". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command". US Army Cyber Command. October 6, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Army Cyber welcomes new commander". United States Army. October 14, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Todd Lopez, C. (April 3, 2017). "Second Army cases colors for fourth time". United States Army. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  6. "Army general (and White Bear grad) leads cyber command". White Bear Press. November 2, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  7. "Paul Nakasone Promoted to Major General as Commander of Cyber Mission Force". Rafu Shimpo. June 16, 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "White Bear native earns elite military post". White Bear Press. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  9. "Army to promote son of Hawaii-born WWII vet". Stars and Stripes. September 17, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  10. "USAWC in the news March 27". United States Army. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  11. Kimball, Joe (June 7, 2011). "White Bear native Col. Paul Nakasone awaiting Senate confirmation as Army general". Minneapolis Post. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  12. Killeen, Mike (December 11, 2015). "Cyberspace watchdog – SJU graduate heads up important military command". Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  13. "PN1618 – Nomination of Maj. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone for Army, 114th Congress (2015–2016)". United States Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  14. "Nakasone Assigned to Cyber National Mission Force". Signal Magazine. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  15. Hoffman, Mary-Louise (October 19, 2016). "Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone Takes Charge of Army Cyber Command". ExecutiveGov. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 

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