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Nagata tapped to lead U.S. Central Command special ops

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2013

Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, former Pearl City resident, has been selected to become the next commander of the Special Operations Command Central at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., the Army announced Tuesday.

Nagata, who was promoted to a two-star general last January, is currently deputy director for special operations on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Nagata has deployed to combat missions in Somalia, the Balkans and Iraq.

Nagata was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1982. In 1984, he joined Army Special Forces and served in 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) until 1987.

Nagata assumed command of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Ft. Bragg in 1999, where he was responsible for the Special Forces Qualification Course. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a squadron commander in a Special Mission Unit. After graduating from the National War College, he served in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence until 2005. He then assumed command of a Special Mission Unit, and served there until 2008.

In 2009 Nagata served within the Intelligence Community as a Deputy Director for CounterTerrorism. From 2009 to 2011, he deployed to Islamabad, Pakistan where he served as the deputy chief of the Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan.

He and his wife Barbara have five children.

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808warriorfan wrote:
on January 22,2013 | 09:54AM
cojef wrote:
His credentials are substantial, especially in the special service areas. Another local boy doing his thing for Our Country.
on January 22,2013 | 10:51AM
TC1 wrote:
Well deserved promotion; however, MGen Nagata is not a local boy. His father, Retired Col Nagata is from HI. The General was born in Virgina and followed his dad during his Army career. None the less, still quite an accomplishment regardless of where he was born and lived.
on January 22,2013 | 02:41PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Congratulations Major General Nagata and best wishes in your new command.
on January 22,2013 | 08:06PM
wm808hi wrote:
The U.S Central Command is responsible of for all special ops activity in the middle east. As the new commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), he in charge of all Special Ops in the Middle East. The General must must be a Special Ops Bad@ss. Before his promotion the General helped oversee all special ops in Pakistan: "In 2009 Nagata served within the Intelligence Community as a Deputy Director for CounterTerrorism. From 2009 to 2011, he deployed to Islamabad, Pakistan where he served as the deputy chief of the Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan." This means he was probably involved with tracking Bin Laden in Pakistan. I wonder if the General's promotion is a direct result of the capture and killing of Bin Laden. Another news source said "Nagata made a name for himself as deputy of the U.S. military contingent in Islamabad, Pakistan." http://freebeacon.com/meet-maj-gen-nagata/ At the ceremony of his promotion the Who's Who of national security was all present: "General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Dempsey commented that the room looked like a meeting of the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room because of the number of dignitaries attending the ceremony. These included General David Petraeus, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, the Director of Operations for the Joint Staff; and Lieutenant General Ray Palumbo, the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Intelligence for Warfighter Support." - http://aapress.com/ethnicity/japanese/nagata-promoted-to-major-general/ The General seems to be on the fast track to more and important duties.
on January 23,2013 | 12:47AM
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