JAG Trip Log: Navy Region Northwest

The following message was released by Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, Judge Advocate General of the Navy. In late September, I traveled to Navy Region Northwest, visiting JAG community […]

The following message was released by Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, Judge Advocate General of the Navy.

In late September, I traveled to Navy Region Northwest, visiting JAG community members and clients in Bremerton, Bangor, Everett and Whidbey Island, Wash. It was an opportunity to discuss with local personnel some of the most pressing issues facing the Navy. I was, as always, deeply impressed by the work taking place throughout the region; they are making many positive contributions, every day, to our mission.

Sept. 28: Bremerton and Bangor, Wash.

My stop in Bremerton kicked off with a meeting with Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group 3, who expressed great satisfaction with his legal advisors. We discussed instilling leadership skills in junior officers, and empowering them to make good decisions at the deck-plate level.

I then met with the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest and the Defense Service Office (DSO) West teams. We discussed their efforts to manage a growing workload, as well as some of their recent accomplishments.

From there, I headed to the JAG Consolidated Administrative Business office, where I learned about the team’s efforts to relieve administrative burdens on JAG community members and increase productivity. I then met with Cmdr. Andy Wiest, commanding officer, Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor, who also reported receiving excellent support from his legal staff.

My final stop of the day was a JAG community town hall meeting in Bangor. There, I discussed my two warfighting platforms – people and knowledge. We talked about how we can continue innovating and evolving the organization into a 21st century law practice.

Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, Navy JAG, visits DSO West to discuss their current workload and any challenges they may be facing.

 

From left to right, Legalman 2nd Class Kenneth Harris; Lt. Ryan Kilpatrick; Legalman 1st Class Monica Voce; Crawford; Chief Legalman Erin Crusan; and Lt. Cmdr. Kathy Paradis pose at Deterrent Park onboard Naval Base Kitsap.

 

Crawford leads a town hall discussion with JAG community members stationed in Bangor.

Sept. 29: Whidbey Island and Everett, Wash.

At Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, I received a brief and helicopter familiarization tour with the base’s commanding officer, Capt. Geoffrey Moore, on the environmental issues associated with the training mission he supports.

After lunch with JAG community members at Whidbey Island, I traveled to the RLSO branch office in Everett. I recapped the remarks I provided during the town hall on the previous day. It was an enlightening discussion, and an ideal way to conclude a very successful trip.

Crawford (right) prepares for a helicopter tour of NAS Whidbey Island.

 

Crawford meets with RLSO personnel in the Naval Station Everett courtroom.