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RLSO NDW Billet Spotlight: Naval Air Station Patuxent River
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July 8, 2021 - When considering where the Navy is conducting some of its most cutting edge science and technology, you may not think of Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NASPR) or Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), but on these two bases, you will find commands that are at the tip of spear of Naval Aviation and science and engineering research and development.

LEGADs Bolstered International Rule of Law During Historic 50th Iteration of BALTOPS
Legal advisors (LEGADs) from the U.S., Germany, Latvia and Portugal provided legal advice to the STRIKFORNATO Commander and staff executing BALTOPS50 from the STRIKFORNATO HQ and RGF Bunker in Lisbon, Portugal.  From left to right: (front row) LT Michael Killius (U.S. Navy), CDR Louis Butler (U.S. Navy), Maj. Blake Peltz (U.S. Marine Corps), Mr. Joao R. Marques (Portugal Civ), (back row) Maj. Robert Monroe (U.S. Marine Corps), Col. Boris Wentzek (German Army),  LCDR Maris Boksbergs (Latvian Coast Guard), LT Scott McDonald (U.S. Navy).  Legal advisors participating from afloat commands and not pictured here included: LCDR Melanie Tran (Canadian Navy), Capt. Brady Baxter (U.S. Marine Corps) and LT Nora Lopopolo (U.S. Navy).
July 7, 2021 - Baltic Sea Operation (BALTOPS) is the largest annual exercise series in the Baltic Sea. Its purpose is to improve training for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Forces in defending the Baltic Sea Region. First established in 1972, BALTOPS50 was the 50th iteration and took place June 2-18, 2021. NATO Allies engaged in live training events including air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction and mine countermeasure operations.

Navigating Post-NJP Actions
For the month of March 2017, three Airmen were discharged while several other Airmen received Article 15 nonjudicial punishments for their actions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Kylee Thomas)
July 1, 2021 - Navigating post-nonjudicial punishment (NJP) actions is understandably confusing. It is important to handle modifications to punishment correctly at the command level to ensure compliance with servicemembers’ due process rights. Keep in mind that, for many actions, a command must have an articulated reason for changing the punishment, such as a demonstrated conduct improvement or a determination that the punishment resulted in clear injustice. If a valid reason exists, there are four courses of action that NJP authorities or their successors in command can take under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 15, paragraph 6: suspension, mitigation, remission, and a set aside.

Nomination of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy
Rear Adm. “Del” Crandall is a native of Elgin, Illinois. He was commissioned in 1984 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in Economics. As a midshipman he earned silver
June 21, 2021 - Please join me in congratulating Rear Adm. Darse “Del” E. Crandall Jr., on his nomination by the President to be our next Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and for his appointment to the grade of Vice Admiral.  His nomination is now pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

JAG Community Members Earn Outstanding Legal Professional Awards
The Kitsap County Bar Association recognized Lt. Ryan M. Feingold and Legalman 2nd Class LaClaire Cartwright during the 2021 Law Day celebration, a joint civilian and military award ceremony. This year’s ceremony, themed “The Rule of Law Now,” was held virtually on May 7. Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin D. Hull was the presiding judge, and State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens served as keynote speaker.
June 10, 2021 - The Kitsap County Bar Association recognized Lt. Ryan M. Feingold and Legalman 2nd Class LaClaire Cartwright during the 2021 Law Day celebration, a joint civilian and military award ceremony. This year’s ceremony, themed “The Rule of Law Now,” was held virtually on May 7. Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin D. Hull was the presiding judge, and State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens served as keynote speaker.

Legal Assistance Award Ceremony
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June 7, 2021 - During an All Hands call, Capt. Rock De Tolve, acting Assistant Judge Advocate General for Civil Law, presented awards for individual achievement and commended the Code 16 Team for its extraordinary mission impact during 2020, at the Washington Navy Yard.   

Legalman Named Office of the Secretary of Defense Sailor of the Year
Legalman 1st Class Sophia Davis was named Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sailor of the Year (SOY) by the Navy’s senior enlisted leader at OSD. She was chosen from among Sailors assigned to all activities under the direct supervision of OSD. Davis currently serves as a defense paralegal in the Legal Department in the Office of Military Commissions.
June 4, 2021 - Legalman 1st Class Sophia Davis was named Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sailor of the Year (SOY) by the Navy’s senior enlisted leader at OSD. She was chosen from among Sailors assigned to all activities under the direct supervision of OSD. Davis currently serves as a defense paralegal in the Legal Department in the Office of Military Commissions.

Communication is Key to Supporting Victims
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June 3, 2021 - A majority of sexual assault victims report feeling a lack of support from their leadership, and almost twothirds of victims report experiencing a behavior in line with retaliation. As a former Staff Judge Advocate, these numbers did not reflect my experiences advising Navy commands.

RLSO Southeast Holds Change of Command
Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) held a change of command ceremony May 14, 2021 at the Beacon aboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Master Chief Legalman Tiffany M. George, USN, Capt. Joseph Hoelz, USN. Rear Adm. Darse E. “Del” Crandall, Jr., USN, and Cmdr. Brian Korn, USN.  Photo credit: Lt. Cmdr. Nakku Chung, USN.
June 1, 2021 - Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) held a change of command ceremony May 14, 2021 at the Beacon aboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Rear Adm. Darse E. “Del” Crandall, Jr., deputy judge advocate general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command, presided over the ceremony in which Cmdr. Brian Korn relieved Capt. Joseph Hoelz as commanding officer of RLSO SE.

​JAG Community Announces In-Service Procurement Program Selectees
May 25, 2021 - In February, the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met to consider 18 highly qualified applicants for Fiscal Year 2021.