Major General Vern T. Miyagi assumed duties as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) in February 2006.
MG Miyagi is a 1971 distinguished military graduate of the University of Hawaii ROTC program where he was commissioned and awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972.
From 1972 to 1981, MG Miyagi served as an audit manager at Alexander Grant and Company where he earned his Certified Public Accounting certificate in 1974. In 1981, he became a full-time military technician with the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) as the Comptroller at the United States Property and Fiscal Office. His service includes: Commander, 2d Battalion, 299th Infantry; Plans, Operations, and Military Support Officer; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training (G3); Chief of Staff, and Commanding General of the HIARNG. During the Hurricane Iniki relief operations on Kauai in 1992, MG Miyagi served as the operations officer for the deployed HIARNG Joint Task Force (JTF). In 2000, he served as HIARNG JTF commander for the Asian Development Bank civil disturbance contingency operation. More recently, MG Miyagi's primary focus was on the deployment of HIARNG soldiers in support of Operations Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom. From 2003 to 2006, MG Miyagi also served in a dual-hat position as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, USPACOM.
As the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander at USPACOM, MG Miyagi is the principal advisor to the Commander regarding reserve component readiness and operations and facilitates Homeland Security activities between the state, National Guard, active military, and Federal agencies.
MG Miyagi's military education includes: Armor Officer Basic Course; Quartermaster Advanced Course; U. S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, VA; Infantry Brigade and Battalion Command Course; and a U. S. Army War College Fellowship at the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to serving in the HIARNG, MG Miyagi served in the U. S. Army Reserve (USAR). His USAR assignments include Commo-Electronics Officer and platoon leader positions with the Redeye, Anti-tank, Scout, and Heavy Mortar platoons in the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry.
His decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (2 awards); Army Service Ribbon; Humanitarian Service Medal; Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; Excellence in Competition Service Rifle Bronze Medal; and the Air Assault Badge.
He is the author of two articles. One article concerning small arms ammunition was published in the Marine Corps Gazette and the other article describing the National Guard's role in disaster operations was published in the University of Pittsburgh's Ridgway Viewpoints.
MG Miyagi is married and has two children.