#BZFriday: Judge Advocate Honored by Alma Mater

From Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs

Cmdr. Tim Stone – who currently serves as the officer in charge at Defense Service Office (DSO) West in Bremerton, Wash. – was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Ottawa University, on Oct. 11, 2019.

Stone earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1990 from Ottawa University, which is located in Ottawa, Kan. Upon graduation, he attended Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan.

The Outstanding Achievement Award, established in 2005, recognizes individuals who have made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor, whether over a span of many years or in a relatively short timeframe. According to the school, recipients’ life stories demonstrate what one can do with an Ottawa University education.

“Tim Stone was the model officer in charge: he led from the front, cared for his people, zealously represented his clients and devoted himself to his family. I was a better commanding officer because of the mentorship Tim provided me during my time at DSO West,” said Capt. Dan Cimmino, who now serves as chief of staff of the Defense Service Office from San Diego, Calif.

“We are lucky that Tim is part of the JAG Corps family. I am very happy Ottawa University recognized Tim’s significant contributions to the nation, Navy and the JAG Corps,” Cimmino added.

Stone has served in the Navy JAG Corps for more than 28 years, and he has completed a wide range of challenging and rewarding assignments. Perhaps Stone’s most prominent case came during his four years of service as a prosecutor assigned to the Office of Military Commissions. In that role, Stone successfully prosecuted Osama Bin Laden’s lead bodyguard in the only fully contested trial in the war on terror and the first war crimes prosecution since Nuremberg.

Another significant assignment in Stone’s career was serving as lead international law attorney in support of coalition military operations against Libya.

At DSO West, Stone is responsible for ensuring that all military personnel in the Pacific Northwest facing adverse criminal or administrative actions are afforded the best legal representation available. He oversees seven attorneys and 12 support staff assigned to the division.

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