NAS Corpus Christi Legal Professionals Shine Nationwide

From Chief of Naval Air Training Public Affairs CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) — Two legal professionals from Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi received distinguished awards this month, bringing national […]

From Chief of Naval Air Training Public Affairs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) — Two legal professionals from Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi received distinguished awards this month, bringing national attention to the small but historic South Texas naval base.

Peggie Penn, paralegal specialist for the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), was recognized with the Navy Office of the General Counsel (OGC) 2015 Support Staff Appreciation Award for outstanding performance of her duties.

This award is the highest non-attorney award within the Navy OGC. Penn was chosen over 10 other national finalists and presented with the award at the Annual OGC Symposium in Arlington, Virginia.

Penn is the sole paralegal specialist for the entire Naval Aviation Training Command and her dedication and professionalism directly enables CNATRA’s mission to train the world’s finest combat quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a Naval Force that is where it matters, when it matters. She routinely assists command counsel and the CNATRA staff with issues ranging from contract matters to trademark protections to requests for release of government information.

Penn was born in Dallas and graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in 1976 and attended East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M Commerce). Before becoming a civilian employee, she served 21 years on active duty as a Sailor in the Navy. She has worked for CNATRA since 2000.

Patricia Amador, the Legal Assistant at the Corpus Christi Region Legal Service Office, received the Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps’ Civilian of the Year Award for “exceptional provision of legal services [which] proved instrumental in meeting an increased demand for legal assistant services.” She began her career as a civil servant with the JAG Corps in 1979 and has been lauded for her efforts in multiple positions over her many years of service.

Amador supports active duty, reserve, retired, and their family members who live and work in South Texas by providing responsive, timely and accurate legal services related to civil matters. In 2014 alone, Amador assisted hundreds of clients by drafting estate plans, powers of attorney, notaries, and with recurring consumer law issues.

Patricia Amador receives the Navy JAG Corps' Civilian of the Year Award from Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Hullihan.

Patricia Amador receives the Navy JAG Corps’ Civilian of the Year Award from Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Hullihan.

Michael Quinn, the CNATRA Counsel and a retired JAG Corps rear admiral (lower half), has worked closely with both Penn and Amador. “These are truly prestigious awards within the Department of the Navy, and for both the OGC and JAG awards to be given to members of our Corpus Christi Legal Community is remarkable,” Quinn said. “Peggie and Pat are so devoted to the Navy and our people, and they have been for many years. They truly represent the best in our Navy law practice, and I am so very thankful and proud that they have been recognized for their support efforts.”

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was commissioned in 1941 with a primary mission of training aviators. Today, the base supports multiple tenant commands, to include Training Air Wing 4, CNATRA, Corpus Christi Army Depot, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Marine Aviation Training Support Group, and the United States Customs and Border Protection Service, among other commands.

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