ARMY INSTRUCTORS

LTC Vince A. Morikawa was born and raised in Hawaii. He enlisted in the Army in 1981 as an infantryman and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Geogia. As an enlisted man, he attained the rank of Sergeant and ultimately served as a Logistics NCO in an Infantry Brigade S-4, where he obtained his first formal experience in Army logistics. LTC Morikawa graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1986 and was commissioned a 2LT in the Quartermaster Corps through the U. S. Army Reserve Officers´ Training Corps. LTC Morikawa´s officer assignments consist of PLatoon Leader, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer, 295th General Supply Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion;Operations Officer, Ranger Support Element, 2/75th Ranger Battalion, and Battalion S-4, 29th Signal Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; Aide-de-Camp, U.S. Army Japan/ IX Corps, Camp Zama, Japan; Company Commander, 505th Quartermaster Battalion (Petroleum Pipeline/Terminal Operating), Okinawa, Japan; Chief, Water Training Division and Basic Petroleum Logistics Division, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, Fort Lee, Virginia; Group S-3 49th Quartermaster Group (Petroleum and Water), and Executive Officer, 240th Quartermaster Battalion ( Petroleum Pipeline/Terminal Operating), Fort Lee, Virginia; Chief Logistics Plans Officer, Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC,  Camp Smith, Hawaii; J4 Chief Plans Officer, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JTF-510/JSOTF-P), Operations Enduring Freedom Philippines(OEF-P), Republic of the Philippines; Chief, Wartime Host Nation Support Branch, 19th Theater Support Command, Camp Henry, Republic of Korea; and Chief, Plans and International Logistics Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics G4, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Fort Shafter, Hawaii. LTC Morikawa retired from active duty in 2006 and served as a JROTC Instructor and JROTC Assistant Director of Army Instruction for the State of Hawaii. LTC Morikawa´s civilian and military education consistof a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii, Master of Science Degree studies in Administration at Central Michigan University, Armed Forces Staff College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Petroleum Officer Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the U.S. Army Training with Industry Program (Sun Co., Inc.) in Petroleum Management, the U.S. Army Instructor Development Course, and the Airborne School. LTC Morikawa’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 OLC), Joint Commendation Medal (w/1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/4 OLC), Joint Achievement Medal (w/1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/4 OLC), Joint Achievement Medal (w/1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/2 OLC), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Korea Defense Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation, the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge, and the Republic of Korea Army Parachutist Badge. LTC Morikawa is married to the former Karen Manley. They have four children.


Sergeant First Class (Retired) Ian M. Verasammy, Army Instructor (AI)

SFC Verasammy was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. He grew up in New York, and joined the US Army Reserve (Massachusetts) in 1982. He attended the U S Army Infantry Basic Training, and Advance Individual Training at Ft Benning Ga. After serving 2 years, he enlisted to active duty. SFC Verasammy served 23 years and was assigned to numerous leadership positions from Team Leader to First Sergeant; staff positions include: Brigade Liaison NCO, Brigade S-3 Gunner, and Battalion Assistant Operations NCO (Korea and Ft Hood, Texas). Special duties included Drill Sergeant, Instructor/ Writer for the Bradley System with the New Equipment Training Team, Doctrinal Writer for the Force XXII, Army Training Support Center Forward, TRADOC, Ft Eustice, VA, ACRC as a Senior Infantry Advisor for the Hawaiian Army National Guard, Close Quarter Combat and Small Arms Trainer for the MTT deployed to Africa and Yemen for the 1st BN, 196TH Infantry Brigade. SFC Verasammy participated in the following campaigns: The Gulf War, The Expeditionary Campaign Kuwait, and Iraqi Freedom. He earned numerous diplomas attending military schools and has an Associate Degree from Central Texas College; currently he is working on his Bachelor’s Degree. Upon retiring from the Army he joined the JROTC program with the Hawaii Department of Education with Waimea High School. After 18 months of teaching, he took a year off then resumed his employment with Kapaa High School in 2009. SFC Verasammy is a single father of seven children and a grandfather of five. SFC Verasammy special interests include advocating for the youth of Kauai, as a mentor for young adults and children facing challenges. Coaches Kapa`a High School Air Riflery and Wrestling Teams. SFC Verasammy can be reached at ian_verasammy@notes.k12.hi.us or 808.821.4401 ext. 195.