Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Chaves
Deputy Commander, Army National Guard
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

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     Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Chaves assumed the position of Deputy Commanding General for the Army National Guard—U.S. Army, Pacific on June 1, 2010.

     He previously served as the Assistant Adjutant General—Hawaii Army National Guard, beginning May 11, 2009. Prior to that, Chaves served as both Commander, Land Component and Commander—Hawaii Army National Guard.

     Chaves enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard Aug. 2, 1970, and earned his commission as a second lieutenant from the Hawaii Military Academy Aug. 17, 1973. He subsequently held a variety of command and staff positions within the Hawaii Army National Guard.

     He was activated for federal service on Aug. 15, 2004 and served as the Commander of the 29th Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-2006. Upon his return from Iraq, he led the transformation of the 29th Separate Infantry Brigade into the newly configured 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

     Chaves is a 1974 University of Hawaii graduated where he received a Bachelor of Education, Health and Physical Education. He also has a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix, and is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

     His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal.


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