In the Military
U.S. Army promotes reservists' ex-chief
The Pentagon announced recently that Army Reserve Brig. Gen. John Y. Ma, who commanded Army reservists in the Pacific at the height of the recent Iraqi war mobilization, has been named as the new deputy commanding general for mobilization and reserve affairs, replacing Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom.
The promotion means that Ma will receive his second star as a major general. Ma commanded the 9th Regional Readiness Command from March 2003 until this January. He oversaw the mobilization of Pacific reserve soldiers from Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa who were sent to Iraq. Those units included the 411th Engineer Battalion and the 442nd/100th Battalion, which is affiliated with the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat team.
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., who served with the 25th Infantry Division when it deployed to Afghanistan, has been nominated for a third star and assignment as commanding general at Fort Lewis, Wash., and I Corps. He is now the top Army general in Alaska.
Jacoby, 52, a Michigan native and West Point graduate, will become Fort Lewis' 62nd commanding general. He will succeed Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, who has been assigned to take over leadership of the Multi-National Transition Security Command in Iraq -- the effort to train and equip Iraqi military and police forces. Dubik is a former commanding general of the 25th Division. Jacoby was assistant division commander for operations in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan with the Tropic Lightning Division five months later.
» Camp Smith:
Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, director of logistics, engineering and security assistance at U.S. Pacific Command becomes director for logistics at U. S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
» Hickam Air Force Base: Col. Michael R. Boera has been nominated to the grade of brigadier general while serving as the commander of the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Pacific Air Forces.
» Fort Shafter: Brig. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, currently commanding general of 19th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) at Eighth U.S. Army in South Korea, will be commanding general of the 8th Sustainment Command.
» Pearl Harbor: Rear Adm. Christopher J. Mossey, commander of Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, will become the commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.
"In the Military" was compiled from wire reports and other sources by reporter Gregg K. Kakesako
, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin. He can be reached by phone at 294-4075 or by e-mail at email@example.com