Fleet News

Five Years In, Navy JAG Corps In-service Procurement Program Continues to Shine

By Lt. Kaylan E. Kaatz, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington This past month, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) hosted a commissioning ceremony for Lt. j.g. Melisa Wink, welcoming her as the newest member of the RLSO NDW and Navy JAG Corps wardroom. Wink, a 2018 honors graduate of George Mason University School of Law, …

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VITA Connects Service Members to Tax Support

From Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Public Affairs The 2019 tax season is underway, and, once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is open to eligible Navy personnel, dependents, and retirees at select locations around the globe. VITA links active-duty and retired service members and their dependents, as well as deployed civilians, to free self-service tax software via Military OneSource. “VITA …

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#BZFriday: Legalman 7th Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year

By Petty Officer 2nd Class William McCann, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet  YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer announced the 2018 Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club in Yokosuka, Japan Jan 17th. This year’s competition featured 9 Sailors competing for the prestigious award. “We focus on our …

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Tax Season: What You Need to Know

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Free-File Options What can the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) VITA program do for me? The NLSC’s VITA program hosts self-service VITA tax centers at select Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) locations that assist 10 U.S.C. § 1044-eligible filers, including active-duty and retired Service Members, their dependents, and deployed civilians to electronically file their …

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Direct Commissioning Officer Program Selectee Blazes a New Trail

LTJG Jimi Wyatt attends NJS.

By Cmdr. Eric Pederson, Navy Reserve Law Program The Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps recently welcomed its first enlisted selectee under the Direct Commissioning Officer Program (DCOP). Blazing a trail for other enlisted Sailors, former Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Jimi Wyatt recently completed the Direct Commission Officer’s Indoctrination Course (DCIOC) and is beginning his first formal training in military law at …

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#BZFriday: 2018 Legalman of the Year and Sailor of the Year

From Navy Judge Advocate General Corps Public Affairs Leaders of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) community honored the outstanding service of top enlisted Sailors during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on Jan. 25. Legalman 1st Class Decora D. Hawkins – currently assigned to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) – was named the 2018 Legalman of the …

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#BZFriday: Judge Advocate Receives Deep Submergence Insignia

From Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs On Dec. 27, 2018, Lt. Sharai Elko – Staff Judge Advocate, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) ELEVEN – earned the Deep Submergence Insignia qualification – a special distinction not often awarded to Navy judge advocates. As Staff Judge Advocate, Elko provides a wide range of legal support to SUBRON ELEVEN, as well as SUBRON FIVE. Their seven …

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#BZFriday: JAG Community Members Build Relationships in Key West

JAG Community members visit USGC representatives in Key West, Fla.

From Region Legal Service Office Southeast In late November, Legalman 1st Class Dameon Smith and Lt. John Wilson, from the Naval Air Station Key West staff judge advocate office, proactively arranged a tour of the Coast Guard station in Key West, Fla. to strengthen working relationships. Their guide, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Adrian Hunt, provided a first-class tour of the station. He offered an in-depth explanation of …

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#BZFriday: Legalman Named COMLOG WESTPAC Senior Sailor of the Year

By Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Johnson, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific  SINGAPORE – Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) named Legalman (LN) 1st Class Rebecca Duclayan as its senior Sailor of the year during a ceremony Dec. 7. As COMLOG WESTPAC staff legalman and N1 department leading petty officer, Duclayan provides legal and military justice assistance to active duty, …

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