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Dec. 21, 2017
Military Commissions Defense Organization
In July 2016, I volunteered for a three year recall to active duty to serve at the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO). When I volunteered I had very little understanding of exactly what MCDO did other than it ...
Dec. 15, 2017
JAG Community Members Attend the Women’s Leadership Symposium
In October, Lt. Catherine Nguyen and Lt. Joanna Gonzales -- judge advocates who currently are stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam -- attended the 2017 Hawaii Women's Joint Leadership Symposi...
Dec. 13, 2017
Chaplain Instructor Shares Expertise with Lawyers
Naval Chaplaincy School and Center A Naval Chaplaincy School and Center instructor addressed an all-services audience attending the 2017 Integrated Legal Services for Victims Conference Sept. 12. Lt. Cmdr. Leroy...
Dec. 8, 2017
The Navy JAG Corps Turns 50
The Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps celebrates 50 years of service and excellence on Dec. 8, 2017. "From the time the Navy created the 'law specialist' program . to the JAG Corps we know today, the Navy's legal team has made a difference every day - providing steady counsel and advice to keep us from running aground ethically and on the right course always," said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.
Dec. 1, 2017
Bilateral Women’s Luncheon
Lt. Cmdr. Brandi Orton, Deputy Force Judge Advocate, Commander, Naval Forces Japan/Navy Region Japan attended a Bilateral Women's luncheon hosted by Japan Mar...
Nov. 27, 2017
RLSO SE Holds Promotion Ceremony
Lt. Savannah Smidt, Lt. Nic Walker, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Adams, Cmdr. Sara de Groot, and Cmdr. Bill Lucier, were promoted during a ceremony in the courtroom at Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) in ...
Nov. 17, 2017
RLSO NW Winner of the Project Good Neighbor Community Service Award
Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) was recently selected by Navy Region Northwest as winner of the 2017 Project Good Neighbor Award in the “small command” category. As...
Nov. 9, 2017
Hurricane Season Highlights RLSO SE Capabilities
Hurricane season 2017 tested the entire Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) team. Due to RLSO SE’s geographical size, several hurricanes have made their mark on the ar...
Nov. 3, 2017
NAPABA Names Navy Judge Advocate as 2017 Military and Veteran Service Award Winner
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) named Cmdr. Sylvaine W. Wong, deputy director of the Office of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Military Personnel Division, as the inaugural 2017 NAPABA Military and Veteran Service Awa...
Oct. 27, 2017
In September, Lt. j.g. Maria Deguzman, Region Legal Service Office Japan, arrived in Surabaya, Indonesia to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia. The U....
Oct. 24, 2017
Admirable Reserve Officer Promoted to Captain
Navy Reserve Capt. James H. Burns was promoted in a small ceremony at Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE), Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 4, 2017. Capt. Anthony Kalams, the Comman...
Oct. 20, 2017
Legalman Receives National Image Inc. Award
Legalman 1st Class Evelin Garcia, assigned to Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW), was selected as the naval active-duty recipient of the 2017 National Image Inc., Meritorious Service Awa...
Oct. 17, 2017
Region Legal Service Office Southeast Enjoys “Kings Bay Day”
Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) personnel enjoyed the first ever “Kings Bay Day” gathering at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NSB Kings Bay) to learn about base-wide operatio...
Oct. 13, 2017
Asakura Disaster Relief
Last month, Legalman 2nd Class Bridget Lawrence, Legalman 2nd Class Justin Tisdale and Seaman Tomi Waters -- along with 95 other members of the Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) communi...
Oct. 6, 2017
From Defense to Offense: Representing Navy at the Defender’s Cup
Lt. Rosemarie Lombardi, a judge advocate stationed at Defense Service Office Pacific, Branch Office Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was selected for the U.S. Women’s Armed Forces Soccer Team, which recently...
Sept. 29, 2017
RLSO SE Selects a Deserving Sailor for Meritorious Advancement
Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) trial office quickly reported for an unscheduled meeting wherein Legalman 2nd Class Keia Greenwood was promoted to petty officer first class by Capt. Patrick Gibbons, commanding officer of RLSO SE on Aug. 3. Greenwood was selected for advancement under the Meritorious Advancement Program.
Sept. 22, 2017
Legalman Receives LATINA Style 2017 Distinguished Meritorious Service Award
The LATINA Style organization honored Chief Legalman Alicia R. Cooper, Naval Legal Service Command, with the LATINA Style 2017 Distinguished Meritorious Service Award at the 14th Annual National LATI...
Sept. 19, 2017
RLSO NW Partners with USCIS for Naturalization Ceremony During Seattle Seafair Fleet Week
Raising your hand to defend a country of which you are not a citizen is truly one of the greatest sacrifices an individual can make. Since October 2001, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Servi...
Sept. 15, 2017
Lt. j.g. Joshua C. Fiveson was the action officer for a military-to-military engagement with Mexican Naval Secretariat (SEMAR) judge advocates and served as the primary liaison between SEMAR, U.S. No...
Sept. 14, 2017
RLSO EURAFSWA Innovation Challenge
Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, SW Asia (EURAFSWA) held its first Innovation Challenge - a call for innovative proposals to improve the delivery of legal services. The ide...
Sept. 12, 2017
DSO West Holds Change of Command
Defense Service Office (DSO) West held a Change of Command ceremony aboard the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, Calif., on September 8, 2017. Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, Co...
Sept. 8, 2017
2016 Civilians of the Year
The Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG) and Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) announced its 2016 Civilians of the Year. The recipients were chosen from a community of highly-talented civilians...
Sept. 7, 2017
Navy JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program Application Tips
We asked some of the Sailors selected for the JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) to share their top tips for success. The JAG Corps IPP is open to active-duty enlisted personnel and Navy full-time support personnel, in any rating or mili...
Sept. 1, 2017
NMCCA Clerk Receives Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Tracey Holtshirley, senior judicial clerk of the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA), accepted the Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award at t...
Aug. 25, 2017
Continuing Promise 2017
Coordinating the legal acceptance and shipping from the U.S. to Honduras of over $750,000 in medical donations from a private organization...
Aug. 22, 2017
Reenlistment aboard USS Wyoming
In July, I reenlisted aboard the USS Wyoming (SSBN 742). Capt. Robert J. Clark, chief of staff of Commander, Submarine Group 10, administered the oath of enlistment and my Command Mas...
Aug. 18, 2017
Judge Advocates Honored by American Bar Association
Capt. Art Record, deputy assistant judge advocate general (Criminal Law Division), received the Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award and Lt. Thomas Caruso, staff judge advocate at...
Aug. 15, 2017
San Remo Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition
As the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Division and the Leadership Ethics and Law (LEL) curriculum course director, I served as the coach and te...
Aug. 11, 2017
At the Helm
Seaman Michael Martin was at the helm of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), as we sailed down the Elizabeth River from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to conduct Sea Trials which took place July 21-25. Mart...
Aug. 4, 2017
Stephen Waldron Accepted into the Executive Masters of Business Administration
Stephen Waldron, Fiscal & Resource Services Support (Code 64), was recently accepted into the Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Aug. 2, 2017
JAG Trip Log: Japan, Korea and Guam
NAF Atsugi Executive Officer Cmdr. Matt Szoka greets Judge Advocate General Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III before departing on a tour of the installation...
July 28, 2017
Ms. Kazumi Takahara passes California Bar
Vice Adm. James W. Crawford personally congratulated Ms. Kazumi Takahara for passing the California Bar on June 20, 2017. Takahara has been a valued employee of the Region Legal Service Office (...
July 27, 2017
Retirement Ceremony Honoring Master Chief Legalman Suzanne H. Burleigh
“Put your hand in a bucket of water; that’s the Navy with you in it. Now, take your hand out of that bucket. That’s the Navy without you; the Navy will be fine.” Capt. Michael Boock (...
July 25, 2017
RLSO Southeast Holds Change of Command
Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) held a change of command ceremony on June 30 at the Ocean Breeze Conference Center aboard Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Rear Adm. John ...
July 21, 2017
Region Legal Service Office Japan
Legalman 1st Class Chen Nee and his assigned partner for the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Bilateral Leadership Continuum receive their graduation certificates.
July 17, 2017
Reflections on the RLSO Southeast Symposium
CAPT Klein’s opening remarks set the tone for the RLSO Southeast Training Symposium, by reminding every attendee of our priorities: service, shipmate, self. Given that our region stretches from Guant...
July 14, 2017
USNA Legalman promoted under Navy's Meritorious Advancement Program
Legalman 2nd Class Malisha Eley,U.S. Naval Academy Commandant Legalman, was advanced to Legalman 1st Class and pinned by Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, in a...
July 7, 2017
Judge Advocate Presents Research at the University of Iceland
Lt. Adam Smith, Region Legal Service Office EURAFSWA Detachment Rota, presented independent research at the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 29, 2017.
July 6, 2017
JAA and JAF Honors Two Navy JAGs
Two members of the Navy JAG community – Capt. Charles Passaglia and Cmdr. Clif Hutchinson – were honored with Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Awards. The awards – which are p...
June 30, 2017
First Fairy Tale Land Circuit Court
It was a tough week for canines in the First Fairy Tale Land Circuit Court. In early June, students in the third and fifth grades at the Bahrain Department of Defense Dependent School -- assisted by Lt. ...
June 23, 2017
First Navy Sailor Earns Law Degree Through JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program
On May 20, Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Christopher Salmon, from Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW), graduated from George M...
June 22, 2017
2017 Navy JAG Corps Summer Interns
Ana Maria Burgos-Solis, University of San Diego, School of Law Western Judicial Circuit "I chose to pursue a career in law because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. While in law school, I had the opportunity to clerk for the USD V...
June 20, 2017
Two All-Star Navy Daughters
Twenty-one years ago, Capt. Jim Lucci -- commanding officer, Defense Service Office Pacific -- and Capt. Dom Flatt -- commanding officer, Region Legal Service Office Japan -- started Officer In...
June 16, 2017
Legalman Named Naval Construction Group TWO Senior Sailor of the Quarter
Legalman 1st Class Felicia Allen, assigned to Naval Construction Group TWO (NCG 2), was selected as the Senior Sailor of the Quarter. "Receiving this honor is a huge accomplishment for me," ...
CNFK-ROKNA Women's Leadership Symposium
Lt. Cmdr. Meredith S. Werner, judge advocate for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) hosted the first ever Combined CNFK-Republic of Korea (ROK) Naval Academy Women's Leadership Symposium at Turtle Cove, on Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae base on May 22.
June 13, 2017
Judge Advocate Named SECNAV Innovation Winner
Lt. Andrea Logan, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington, was named a Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award winner in the Innovation Scholar (PME) Category during a ce...
June 9, 2017
Dancing with the Stars
Ms. Silvana Palmese, claims specialist at Region Legal Service Office EURAFSWA, appeared on Ballando con le Stelle, the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars, on April 22, 2017. Palmese's...
June 8, 2017
Navy Region Singapore Community Remembers the Battle of Midway on 75th Anniversary
Navy Region Singapore (NRS) First Class Petty Officer Association hosted a presentation to recognize the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 6th at Café Lah. The event was open to all members of the NRS community to honor those who served in the battle and lost their lives in service of their country.
June 2, 2017
Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40
As Pride Month (June) kicks off, two members of the Navy JAG Corps have been acknowledged by the LGBT Bar Association. Lt. Jennifer Johnson and Lt. Paul Wagoner...
OJAG Staff is Acknowledged in New Book About Rick James
Did you know? Rick James -- an influential musician, composer and actor, and the signer of the infamous "Super Freak" song -- spent time in the Navy Reserve. His biography, including details a...