48th JAG Corps Birthday

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Vice Adm. James W. Crawford, III, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, […]

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Vice Adm. James W. Crawford, III, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, and Deputy Judge Advocate General for Reserve Affairs and Operations Rear Adm. Janet R. Donovan.

On December 8, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. The Corps was what was needed. The Navy already designated a Judge Advocate General; but President Johnson’s legislation recognized the need for a full-time, distinct, and dedicated community of legal professionals. It was the cadre of legal professionals deployable worldwide that was in demand- and that demand for legal expertise has only grown over the put 48 years.

The staple of our success is our people – each of you. There are more than 2,200 active duty, Reserve Component and civilian members in our legal community- each with diverse backgrounds and talents – operating around the globe.

In the past year, members of the JAG Corps were an integral part of every major Navy evolution providing solutions to the Navy’s legal issues wherever and whenever required. The JAG Corps helped countless Sailors and family members with personal legal issues – essential for Sailors’ ability to deploy worldwide. We continued to adapt our military justice practice in response to new legislation. We settled claims for persons affected by natural disasters and military mishaps plus we assisted in the defense of civil court claims against the Navy and its personnel. We provided assistance to our wounded, ill, and injured service members. We provided time-critical international and operational law analysis, counsel, and guidance. We continued to develop cyber law guidance and references in this dynamic area of the law. We responded to tragedies like the shooting in Chattanooga with legal guidance and victims’ assistance. Additionally, the JAG Corps continues to fully engage in overseas contingency operations with 43 judge advocates and legalmen serving as individual augmentees.

Each day we see the results of your exceptional work and sacrifice. Thank you for all you do, and Happy Birthday!