April 13, 2018
JAG Community Personnel Support Pacific Partnership 2018
Lt. Ingrid Paige, who is attached to the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan branch office in Singapore, is currently serving as a staff judge advocate in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). Deployed ...
April 6, 2018
Judge Advocate Receives Garrison Award
Lt. Lucianna ("Luci") Stamper was recognized at the 2018 U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Legal Conference in Tampa, Florida, as the 2017 Garrison Award winner. The Maj. Gen. ...
April 3, 2018
Navy Environmental Law Practice - Marine Mammal Research
It's safe to say that the Navy is a unique client when it comes to environmental law. Many of the challenges are intuitive when you consider the Navy is a kine...
March 30, 2018
Judge Advocate Attends Oxford Course for Military and Government Lawyers
Lt. Jade Gaudet, Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia (RLSO EURAFSWA), became the first U.S. Navy officer to attend the 2018 Oxford Course for Military and Government Lawyers. Beginning as informal training to active international and operational Royal Navy Legal Advisors, the Oxford Course is now a main component of all new Royal Navy Legal Advisers’ initial training.
March 27, 2018
Administrative Law (Code 13)
Located in the Pentagon, the Administrative Law Division (Code 13), which is a component of the Naval Civil Law Support Activity, is an office of 19 uniformed attorneys, two civilian attorneys, and three civilian employees.
JAG Spouses Recognized for Outstanding Service in Western Pacific
For sailors and families alike, serving in the Western Pacific Area of Operation comes with unique responsibilities and enormous opportunities. Among these opportunities includes service...
March 23, 2018
Judge Advocate serves on US-French bilateral mission
Lt. Amy C. Zajac, Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA), served as staff judge advocate for U.S. military personnel aboard the French Navy Mistral-class LHD Tonnerre (L9014) as it executed a bilateral U.S.-French mission, the first of its kind, in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden.
March 16, 2018
RLSO MIDLANT Recruiting Team
Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic's (RLSO MIDLANT) recruiting team hosted an all-day recruiting event, "A Day in the Life of a U.S. Navy JAG," welcoming 18 law students, 2 Direct Appointment can...
March 13, 2018
JAG Corps 50th Milestones: Military Justice Litigation Career Track
On Dec. 8, 2017, the Navy JAG Corps celebrated its golden anniversary. Throughout this milestone 50th year, we will periodically look back on important breakthroughs and events t...
March 9, 2018
Legalman Selected for Command Senior Enlisted Leader Program
Senior Chief Legalman Karyn Sigurdsson, assigned to Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW), was selected for the Navy's Command Senior Enlisted Leader P...
March 2, 2018
Guam Professional Development Event
Legalman 2nd Class Adrienne Hill, Region Legal Service Office Japan Branch Office Guam, executed an island-wide professional development event with the Guam Veterans' Treatment Court (VTC). Hill was responsib...
Feb. 28, 2018
Lt. Jared Hudson and I recently went underway to provide legal assistance to the crew of the USS Newport News (SSN 750). The "New-News" is a Los Angeles class fast-at...
Feb. 27, 2018
RLSO NW Says Goodbye to Historic Building 243
Legalman 1st Class Jayme Chervinski and Legalman First Class Rashay Stokes carry boxes from Building 243 to the U-Haul as RLSO NW Branch Office Whidbey Island prepares to relocate to Building 2739....
Feb. 23, 2018
Intelligence Specialist Selected for JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program
The Fiscal Year 2018 Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) selection board met in February to consider 24 highly qualified applicants and selected Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Thaddeus H. Tate Jr., Office of Naval Intelligence.
Feb. 20, 2018
JAG Talk is now on iTunes and Google Play! Remember to like and subscribe! JAG Talk is a podcast series featuring Navy JAG community experts. Listen to in-depth discussions about different legal fields and hear insights and lessons learned from prac...
Feb. 16, 2018
Region Legal Service Office Midwest Receives Retention Excellence Award
Last week, Region Legal Service Office Midwest (RLSO MW) was named a fiscal year 2017 Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Retention Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes superior ...
Feb. 9, 2018
Legalmen Named Sea, Shore Sailor of the Year
Legalman 1st Class Jean Yusten was named the 2017 U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Shore Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at the Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, base theater Jan. 26. The announcement was the culminating event followi...
Feb. 2, 2018
2017 JAG Legalman of the Year and Naval Legal Service Command Sailor of the Year
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 Feb. 2. Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW/SCW) Kareshia T. Stallworth – currently assigned to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) – was named the 2017 Legalman of the Year. Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Shamia L. Briscoe – currently assigned to Region Legal Service Office Southwest (RLSO SW) – was named the 2017 Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) Sailor of the Year.
Feb. 1, 2018
JAG Pays a Visit to Southeast JAG Community Staff
Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy, and Master Chief Jondell Ritchie, Command Master Chief for Naval Legal Se...
Jan. 26, 2018
Meet Kristen Childers RLSO SW Administrative Officer
“If you’re going to do something, give it your full effort or don’t do it at all.” A lesson Kristen Childers learned early on and that has stuck with her, in everything she does...
Jan. 23, 2018
Navy’s 2018 VITA Program is Open for Business
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Income Tax Frequently Asked Questions
When does tax season start and end? Persons residing within the United States: The tax season begins Jan. 29. For resident aliens and U.S. citizens residing within the United States, the filing deadline to submit 2017 tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2018, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on that Monday, which pushes the deadline to the next day for most of the nation. Persons residing within the United States can request a 6-month extension.
Jan. 19, 2018
Yokosuka Holiday Benefit Concert Assisted Local Residents in Need
In December, members of the Yokosuka JAG community -- through their participation in the Japanese Community Legal Association (JCLA) -- continued an annual holiday tradition of supporting Kaifu Gakuen,...
Jan. 12, 2018
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay JAGs Flourish Performing Cutting Edge Legal Work
Permanent-party judge advocates are assigned to support Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ("NSGB") for 18-to-30 month tours. Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates who do so trace a history of over a hal...
Jan. 9, 2018
DJAG Trip Log: Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA)
The following message was released by Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. In November, Master Chief Legalman Jondell Ritchie, the command master chief (CMC) of Naval Leg...
Jan. 5, 2018
Moultrie Native is Serving on USS Eisenhower
In celebration of the 46th anniversary of the Legalman rating, the following news article -- released by the Navy Office of Community Outreach and highlighting the contributions of Legalman 2nd Class Nikki Millican -- was selected as this week's #BZF...
Jan. 4, 2018
No Further Questions For USS Frank Cable's Sailor of the Year
"It’s super intense. The room is thick. You can hear yourself breathing,” said Legalman 1st Class Diamond Harris as she describes the atmosphere of the Sailor of the Year board process on board the submarine...
Dec. 27, 2017
DJAG Trip Log: Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md.
Last month, the Naval Legal Service Command command master chief Jondell Ritchie and I visited JAG community personnel stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Md. I gain enlightening insights from all of my site visits, and this trip was no different. Our first stop on base was the branch office of Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington.
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...