Brig. Gen. John P. Wisser
Brig. Gen. John P. Wisser commanded the US Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department) on two separate occasions, from 1915-1916, and from August 1917 to June 1918 after being recalled to duty from retirement during World War I. A graduate of the US Military Academy in 1874 and commissioned into the Artillery, he had extensive international experience. For example, from 1883-1884 he attended the Royal School of Mines in Freiberg, Saxony, and represented the US at French maneuvers in 1884. Later he was military attaché in Berlin from 1906-1909.
Wisser was a prolific writer, serving at one time as editor of a journal on US Artillery. He authored multiple books including those on minor tactics and strategy, the Second Boer War, coastal defense tactics, and practical field exercises. He also wrote a military and naval dictionary and edited an international military series.
Before his first Hawaiian command, Wisser commanded several posts along the West Coast involving coastal defense. These included the Presidio and Fort Winfield Scott in San Francisco, the Department of California, and the Pacific Coast Artillery District in Fort Miley, California. He died on 19 January 1927.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks