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Mr. Bert Mizusawa, President of the Japanese American Veterans Association, a nationwide veterans service organization that serves the interests of Asian Pacific American veterans, reservists and active duty personnel, presented, on behalf of 442nd Hawaii and JAVA, mementos and citations to Mr. Boylan and Ms. Yamamoto at its Annual General Meeting on January 28, 2006 at a special luncheon in northern Virginia.
and Bert Mizusawa, President of JAVA. Mr. Mizusawa noted that Richard and Fumie Yamamoto and Maggie Ikeda, latter, who now lives in Honolulu, had copied during a 12 year period over 80,000 pages, or over 30 linear feet, of documents which are presently archived at the 442nd Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Hamilton Libraries. L-R: Fumie Yamamoto and Bert Mizusawa, President of JAVA Reflecting on the citation, Mr. Mizusawa paid high tribute to the late Dr. Richard Susumu Yamamoto, who volunteered for the 442nd Regiment and served in the 2nd Battalion, Headquarters Company. Affairs for liaison with veterans organizations, and Bert Mizusawa, President of JAVA.
JAPANESE AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION
President Bert Mizusawa (incumbent)
term. L-R: Bert Mizusawa, President; Dave Buto, Secretary; Thomas V. Presently a Colonel serving in the Army Reserve, Mr. Mizusawa's election two years ago marked the beginning of the transfer of leadership from the WW II generation as determined by the JAVA Executive Committee. At that time, JAVA embarked on a program to expand its membership outside of the Washington, D.C., area by emphasizing the infusion of post-WW II veterans, obtaining the recognition as a true "Veterans Service Organization" (VSO) by the Department of Veterans Affairs to advance the interests of Japanese American veterans, and expanding the visibility of Japanese American veterans both nationally and internationally. In his remarks after being re-elected, Mr. Mizusawa noted he was satisfied with the progress in each of the three goals, however, he called for further expansion of membership in the national constituency; the continued need to educate both national and international audiences on veterans' contributions to protect American freedom and democracy through an improved newsletter, press releases, speakers and the website; and to work with other non Japanese American veteran organizations and other VSOs to push the cause of veterans. Mr. Mizusawa said that many Japanese American and other veterans organizations are looking at JAVA for ideas and leadership and we must commit to that end our resources and know-how in an apolitical manner. He asked the members for suggestions as to the kind of programs they wanted and at the same time asked them to step forward to assist JAVA. He said that all this will require funds and we need to generate a dynamic fund raising campaign. Mr. Mizusawa also announced that he has been recalled to active duty and will leave shortly for Afghanistan for a period of 90 to 180 days. The backgrounds of the newly elected JAVA officers for the 2005-2007 period are as follows: President. Bert K. Mizusawa is president of PaxCentric, Inc., a consulting firm. Previously he served as president of a technology firm, a member of the Senior Executive Service assisting the Secretary of the Army and a professional staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr. Mizusawa served as an infantry officer in Italy and the Korean DMZ, where he was decorated for combat leadership by the United States and the Republic of Korea. After leaving active duty, he was a MacArthur Fellow at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs. He also practiced law with the Wall Street firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Mizusawa is a colonel in the Army Reserve, and has commanded at various levels, including the brigade level. His military awards include the Silver Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and other US and foreign awards. He currently serves on the Association of the US Army Advisory Board. He received a Bachelors of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, where he graduated first in his class, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the bars in New York and Washington, D.C. Mr. Mizusawa is married to the former Yvonne Facchina, who serves as senior counsel at the Federal Reserve
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JAVA president Bert Mizusawa was reported to have made a brief appearance.
JAVA president Bert Mizusawa, in expressing the condolences of the organization, said "We at JAVA all are deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing away. Brief comments by the Arlington Chaplain were followed by a tribute from JAVA president Bert Mizusawa, which was read by Norman Ikari of the 442 nd RCT.
(Lao American Council - North Providence, RI) Lao-American Council - News
They fought with their minds and hearts to prove their loyalty to this great nation," said Bert Mizusawa, President of the Japanese Veterans Association, summarizing the feelings of all Japanese American veterans.
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COLONEL BERT MIZUSAWA PROMOTED TO BRIGADIER GENERAL.
JOINS 43 OTHER ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS AS GENERALS AND ADMIRALS. By Japanese American Veterans Association [Ed. note: The following is a press release issued by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, located at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.] FORT BELVOIR, Va. - In a January 27 ceremony at Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Ft Belvoir, Virginia, Col. Bert K. Mizusawa was promoted to Brigadier General. Mizusawa serves as AMC's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. GEN Benjamin S. Griffin, AMC commanding general, and Mrs. Yvonne Mizusawa pin on BG Bert K. Mizusawa's new stars during a Jan. 27 promotion ceremony at AMC. Mizusawa is currently serving as an Army reservist. During his duty time, he serves as AMC's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. In his civilian time, he is the president of Paxcentric, Inc. and the Japanese American Veterans Association. AMC's commanding general, Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin and Mrs. Mizusawa pinned the stars on. Mizusawa has served the U.S. Government as both a civilian and member of the U.S. Army. As a civilian, he was head of the Department of the Army's interagency and international affairs. He was also a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he had staff oversight of defense strategy, the unified command plan, three combatant commands, terrorism and U.S. involvement in the Balkans. During his military career, Mizusawa has served in both active and reserve capacities. With combat service in Korea and Afghanistan, he has been awarded the Silver Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He also holds the Combat and Expert Infantryman, Ranger, Master Parachutist, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Staff badges. Mizusawa holds a bachelor's from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, a master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a master's of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars. Complementing the Army Materiel Command's press release, the Japanese American Veterans Association, a nationwide organization that serves the interests of Asian Pacific American veterans, noted that Mizusawa joins 43 other Asia Pacific American general and flag officers on active duty, reserve, national guard, US Public Health Service, or retired status.