Not Just Survivors, but Warriors, Fighting Back Against the Nazis
Lt. Ryan Feingold, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) deputy judge advocate, from Miami, assigned to Ford's legal department, poses for a photograph on the bridge, April 21, 2022. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications and strike group integration as part of the ship’s basic training phase. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Riley McDowell)
May 5, 2022 - Lt. Ryan Feingold, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) command deputy judge advocate, from Miami, Florida, has served in the U.S. Navy for five and a half years. He grew up in a Jewish household and his grandparents on both sides of his family were survivors of the Holocaust.

Motivated Sailors Wanted! Join the Legalman Rate!
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April 26, 2022 - The Navy’s Legalman community is seeking motivated E-3 and E-4 Sailors who are want to establish a rate or expand their career opportunities through both direct conversion or Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT).  This is an outstanding opportunity for Sailors who have good judgement, resourceful in high pressure situations, and excels in a culture of learning.  

Legalman is Joint Command Shore Sailor of the Year
Joint Command Shore Sailor of the Year
April 11, 2022 - Legalman 1st Class Luisa Rosado De Los Santos – who currently serves as the Law Office Manager for the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – was named the 2021 Joint Command Shore Sailor of the Year.  The award was presented by her senior enlisted leader during a special ceremony at the Pentagon on March 1, 2022.

RLSO Southeast Hosts a Visit from Commander, Navy Legal Service Command
Left to right:  Master Chief Legalman Brook Larkins, the Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Senior Enlisted Leader of NLSC; Capt. Tanya Cruz, Commanding Officer of Region Legal Service Office Southeast; Capt. Michael Jones, Officer in Charge of the Victims’ Legal Service Office Southeastern Region; Rear Adm. David Wilson, Commander of Naval Legal Service Command; Cmdr. Jeffrey Pietrzyk, Officer in Charge of Defense Service Office Southeast Branch Office Jacksonville and Detachment Mayport, Master Chief Legalman Tiffany George, Command Senior Enlisted Leader of Region Legal Service Office Southeast; and Cmdr. Abby Surbella, Executive Officer of Region Legal Service office Southeast.
April 11, 2022 - In February and March, Region Legal Service Office Southeast, Defense Service Office Southeast, and Southeastern Region Victim’s Legal Counsel hosted two special visits from Commander of Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. David G. Wilson.

Judge Advocates Support Composite Training Unit Exercise
Several Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates took part in the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in January and February of this year. From left, Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Snellen, Marine Corps Maj. Thomas Endicott, Lt. Meridith Wailes, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hutton, Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Nelson. Participants not picture: Lt. Cmdr. Candace Holmes, Marine Corps Maj. Timothy Peltz, Cmdr. Louis Butler.
April 5, 2022 - Several Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates took part in the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in January and February of this year.

2021 JAG Legalman of the Year and Naval Legal Service Command Service Member of the Year
Leaders of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General community honored the outstanding service of its top enlisted Sailors during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on Mar. 18. Legalman 1st Class Phillip Farris, assigned to Carrier Strike Group 12 has been named the JAG 2021 Legalman of the Year. Legalman 1st Class Hailee Montes assigned to Region Legal Service Office Northwest has been selected as the Naval Legal Service Command 2021 Service Member of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Natalie Morehouse/Released)
March 21, 2022 - Navy Legalman 1st Class Phillip Farris – who is assigned to Carrier Strike Group Twelve – has been named the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) 2021 Legalman of the Year. Navy Legalman 1st Class Hailee Montes – who is assigned to Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest Detachment Hawaii – is the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) 2021 Service Member of the Year.

JAG Community Observes Black History Month
Quote from Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. about Equal Rights.
Feb. 28, 2022 - As Black History Month 2022 draws to a close, the Navy JAG community – which includes more than 2,500 officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians in locations around the globe – continues celebrating the many contributions of the organization’s Black members, both past and present.

2020 and 2021 Judge Advocate Award Winners Celebrated
In December 2021, the Navy JAG community recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Judge Advocate Awards celebrated with the Navy JAG and the Deputy JAG for Reserve Affairs and Operations.
Feb. 15, 2022 - In December 2021, the Judge Advocates Association (JAA) named four Navy judge advocates as recipients of the organization’s 2020 and 2021 JAA Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Awards.

Combatting Identity Theft and Social Security Fraud
Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents act defensively and offensively to prevent and respond to fraud. Defensively AFOSI trains and briefs on fraud prevent techniques, while offensively it detects, investigates and neutralizes fraud by working with other law enforcement agencies and building cases to deter further harm. (Courtesy graphic)
Feb. 14, 2022 - In this day and age, stolen identities are more commonplace than stolen goods. Identity theft affects everyone and can lead to debilitating financial consequences if you do not take the proper steps to mitigate it. In this case, the best solution is prevention. But if you are unsuccessful in preventing identity theft, you can still protect yourself by contacting the right authorities.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Evolving Guidance & Procedures
220128-N-SI601-1059 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 28, 2022) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Courtney Minchew, from Ocala, Florida, assigned to the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), administers a COVID-19 vaccination booster to a Japanese base employee on Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
Feb. 10, 2022 - ​In recent months, the Department of the Navy has taken significant steps to counter the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the health and safety of the Fleet. On Aug. 31, 2021, NAVADMIN 190/21 announced the Navy’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.