Major General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, USA (Photo by File photo)
Major General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (US INDOPACOM) at Camp Smith, Hawaii.Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Mobilization Assistant to the J5, Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command from October 2015 to May 20 18.Major General Vares-Lum was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate in the Military Intelligence Corps on May 15, 1988 through the ROTC program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.Her previous assignments include: Trailblazer Platoon Leader, 103rd (CEWI) Military Intelligence Battalion; Company Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Support, 103rd MI BN; Division Artillery Fire Support Intelligence Officer, 3rd Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany; Battalion S-2, 29th Support BN; Commander, 229th Military Intelligence Company; G-2, 29th Separate Infantry Brigade; Commander, 2ndBattalion, 298th Multifunctional Training Unit, Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG); J2, Joint Forces Headquarters, Hawaii National Guard; Commander, 298th Regiment, Multifunctional Training Unit (RTI), Hawaii Army National Guard; Vice Chief of the Joint Staff; and Chief of the Joint Staff, Hawaii National Guard (Army and Air National Guard).MG Vares-Lum was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III from August 2004 to March 2006. As the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Intelligence Officer, she established and led the Joint Intelligence Center in Balad, Iraq.Her Military schools include the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officer's Course, the U.S. Army War College (DDE), Airborne School, and Air Assault School.MG Vares-Lum received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1989 and her Master of Education in Teaching in 1996 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree in 2011.Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal 2, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
(as of September 2019)