General Paul M. Nakasone
Commanding General of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency
General Paul M. Nakasone assumed his duties as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and
Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in May 2018.
He commanded U.S. Army Cyber Command October 2016 - April 2018.
GEN Nakasone graduated from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and received
his commission through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
GEN Nakasone has held command and staff positions across all levels of the Army with
assignments in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan as well as Joint
assignments and twice as a staff officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
GEN Nakasone commanded the Cyber National Mission Force at U.S. Cyber Command. He
commanded a company, battalion, and brigade, and served as the senior intelligence officer at
the battalion, division and corps levels.
GEN Nakasone graduated from the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff
College, and Defense Intelligence College. He holds graduate degrees from the U.S. Army War
College, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the University of Southern California.
GEN Nakasone's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf
cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Legion of Merit, Bronze
Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint
Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (four oak leaf
clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
Combat Action Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.