Leadership

Major General Arthur J. Logan, Director

15.07.01 Logan offical photoGovernor David Y. Ige appointed Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan as the Adjutant General, Hawaiʻi on January 1, 2015. General Logan serves as the Director, Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), one of the six divisions of the State Department of Defense.

His responsibilities as the Director of the State Department of Defense include overseeing the training and readiness of 5,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Hawaiʻi National Guard. He is the Director of the Office of Homeland Security, and the Homeland Security Adviser to the Governor. The State Department of Defense runs the Hawaiʻi National Guard Youth Challenge Academy and provides direct support to the Office of Veterans Services, an attached agency.

Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, Chapter 127A-3 Emergency Management outlines the Director’s duties, which include:

  • Coordinating agency activities with county emergency management agencies and other public and private organizations dealing with emergency management
  • Maintaining liaison and cooperate with these agencies
  • Performing emergency management functions within the state
  • Supporting county emergency management agencies as required
  • Coordinating all resource support to the counties
  • Ensuring coordination of emergency management plans across the state and with state, Federal and other organizations
  • Issuing alerts and warnings
  • Coordinating emergency and disaster response and recovery activities

Commissioned in 1984, General Logan has over 36 years of service, and has served in significant positions of authority and responsibility through his military career. View his military biography here.

The General has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Administration and Management from Hawaiʻi Pacific University.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and received a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Vern Miyagi, Administrator

miyagiVern T. Miyagi was appointed as Administrator for the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) on September 11, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Vern served as the Executive Officer at Hawaiʻi EMA. The Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of HI-EMA and assumes the role of the Director in his absence.

Mr. Miyagi is a retired United States Army Major General with over 37 years of service and has extensive experience in domestic and international humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations and exercises. During the 1992 Hurricane Iniki operation, he served as the operations officer for the deployed Hawaiʻi National Guard joint task force on the island of Kauaʻi.

At U. S. Pacific Command (PACOM), he served as the senior adviser for military support to civil authorities operations and for Reserve and National Guard affairs. During his PACOM assignment, he participated in a variety of disaster relief operations and exercises, including the 2004 Asian Tsunami, United Nations Peacekeeping/HADR exercises in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Mongolia, and trilateral disaster exercises involving the U. S., Korea, and Japan.

In 2014, Miyagi served as the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) for two Presidentially Declared disasters (Tropical Storm Iselle and the Puna Lava event).

Mr. Miyagi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and an Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. He was a Certified Public Accountant with Alexander Grant and Company for 11 years prior to his full-time service in the military. As an audit manager, his clients included a variety of private and public organizations. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and General Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. He completed a United States Army War College Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.

He has published two articles, one on military support operations during Hurricane Iniki and one on NATO equipment.

Toby Clairmont, Executive Officer

Toby Clairmont started as the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency’s Executive Officer on January 11, 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day internal operations of Hawaii EMA. The Executive Officer serves as the Deputy Administrator and assumes the role of the Administrator in his absence.

Prior to joining Hawaiʻi EMA, he previously served as Director of Emergency Services for the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi.  As Director, he was responsible for healthcare system emergency operations, development, and planning in support of over 130 organizations in the Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific.

His 30-year major emergency and disaster response experience includes over 200 hurricanes, earthquakes, transportation accidents, floods, tsunamis and Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident. In 2005, Clairmont led elements of the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team into New Orleans, Louisiana during the initial federal response to Hurricane Katrina. More recently, he lead teams to the federal response to American Samoa for 2009 earthquake and tsunami response, in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in New York, and in 2015, Typhoon Dolphin in Guam.

Mr. Clairmont continues to serve as the Team Commander of the Hawaiʻi Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Clairmont retired from United States Army Nurse Corps following 25 years of active and reserve military service.

Mr. Clairmont has Bachelor degrees in Nursing and Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. He completed graduate leadership training at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. He is Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Emergency Manager© (CEM).