Governor’s Office – News Release – Brig. Gen. Roy J. Macaraeg first known Filipino Soldier to attain rank of General Officer in Hawaiʻi Army National Guard history

Posted on Oct 10, 2019 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige administered the oath of office to Colonel Roy J. Macaraeg, who was promoted to brigadier general, today in a ceremony held at Washington Place. Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan provided remarks. Macaraeg’s family and friends and current and retired military co-workers from the Guard and active duty attended the ceremony.

BG Macaraeg is believed to be the first Filipino Soldier to attain the rank of General Officer in the documented history of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard (HIARNG).

Macaraeg enlisted in the HIARNG in 1990, and in 1993, he was the HIARNG Soldier of the Year. He commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in 1996 upon graduation from the Hawaii Military Academy, Officer Candidate School (Distinguished Honor Graduate). During his 29-years of service, Macaraeg has held various positions, including posts at the Pentagon and deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Kosovo. He has earned numerous awards and decorations.

Macaraeg is a graduate of Wallace Rider Farrington High School and holds an Associate Degree from Honolulu Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi – Mānoa, a Master of Business Administration from Touro University, and a Master of Science in National Strategy from the prestigious National War College.

Macaraeg is married to his high school sweetheart, Bene and they have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter, Chloe Anne.

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