FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — In a ceremony held Oct. 14, Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone assumed leadership of U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army.
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley spoke at the ceremony and passed the Army Cyber colors from outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon to Nakasone.
U.S. Army Cyber Command was first established in 2010. Under former leadership, the command led the establishment of a dedicated cyber branch in the Army, which has 41 active Army teams in the Cyber Mission Force. Nakasone was deputy commanding general for operations before assuming command.
A 1982 White Bear Lake High School graduate, Nakasone has served in Army assignments in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to Army Cyber Command, he also assumes leadership of U.S. Cyber Command's Joint Task Force-ARES, which provides unified and sustained cyberspace support to broader military efforts to counter ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
During the ceremony, Milley noted that ARCYBER "will continue to be built while engaged in combat; virtual combat to be sure, the combat of the Internet, but combat nonetheless. The first shots of the next actual war will likely be fired in cyberspace," he said.
Over the course of his career, Nakasone has commanded a company, battalion and brigade, and served as the senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division and corps levels. He has also served on two occasions as a staff officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and Defense Intelligence College. He holds graduate degrees from the U.S. Army War College, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the University of Southern California. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. John's University and received his commission through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He is the son of Mary and Edwin "Bud" Nakasone of White Bear Lake.
Submitted by Army Cyber Command Public Affairs