March 30, 2016

Lending a helping paw to the legal community

The Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW), located in Bremerton, Wash., has pioneered a program within the Navy’s legal community. Recently, the military justice department at RLSO Northwest began using canines to comfort victims and witnesses through the criminal trial process. 

March 21, 2016

Women's History Month: Rear Admiral Janet Donovan and Captain Stacy Pedrozo

"From the Revolutionary War to current conflicts, women have played a crucial role in the security of our nation and the success of the U.S. Navy. Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month by profiling women leaders and pioneers across the Navy."

March 18, 2016

Misawa Sailors teach English to local Japanese children

Sailors stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan visited the Ohzora Jido-Kan, a Japanese afterschool care center, where they taught and practiced English with the children there Monday, Feb. 29.

March 16, 2016

SURFLANT Names Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 3, 2016) Force Master Chief Jack Callison, left, and Rear Adm. Chris Grady, right, congratulate Legalman 1st Class Shallon Davis for being named Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic 2015 Shore Sailor of the Year. Assigne...

March 11, 2016

Staying Out of Trouble During March Madness

Mid-March generally brings to mind warmer temperatures, longer days, and perhaps a little luck o’ the Irish. For many sports fans, it also marks the beginning of one of the most wonderful times of the year: the NCAA March Madness Tournament!

March 8, 2016

FY-16 Judge Advocate General’s Corps In-Service Procurement Program

The Fiscal Year 2016 Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met on 9 February 2016 to consider 20 highly qualified applicants. The board used the "whole person" concept to identify those applicants with the greatest potential for successful service as a Navy Judge Advocate. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming to the JAG Corps this year's impressive selectee:

March 2, 2016

Naval Legal Service Command Junior Officer and Sailor of the Quarter

It is my distinct pleasure to recognize outstanding Judge Advocates and Legalmen for professional excellence and dedication to service. The f...

Feb. 22, 2016

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Names Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) named the selection of the 2015 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year, during a ceremony held at the 3rd Fleet headquarters building in San Diego, Feb. 11. Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Belinda Hall, attached to Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 1, and Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW/IDW) Brandon York, attached to C3F Staff, were selected as C3F Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY).

Feb. 16, 2016

2015 Superior Performance Awards

It is our great pleasure to recognize 11 outstanding judge advocates for their professional excellence. Please congratulate the following recipients of the 2015 Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG) and Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) Superior Performance Awards:

Feb. 12, 2016

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Sailors of the Year Named

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson announced the 2015 CNE-CNA Shore Sailor, Sea Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year in a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino, Jan. 29.

Feb. 5, 2016

Sailors in Singapore Take Creative Approach to SAPR Training Through Pure Praxis

Ms. Jill Loftus, director of the Department of the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, visited Navy Region Center Singapore as part of the Navy's educational approach and response to sexual assaults. During her visit, Loftus met wit...

Jan. 29, 2016

2015 Legalman of the Year and Naval Legal Service Command Sailor of the Year

The 2015 Legalman of the Year and Naval Legal Service Command Sailor of the Year were announced during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, Jan. 29.

Jan. 25, 2016

U.S., Brazilian, and Chilean Judge Advocates Participate in UNITAS 2015

Lt. Philip Rohlfing served as staff judge advocate for the Combined Task Force during UNITAS Atlantic....

Jan. 22, 2016

NECC celebrates MLK Day

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) celebrated the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in Virginia Beach, Jan. 14. Pastor Joseph Fleming, who currently serves as the Chair of the Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Commemoration Service, served as the guest speaker and echoed the civil rights leaders’ timeless thoughts that “the world works better together than apart.”

Jan. 21, 2016

Sasebo Career Fair

Lt. Joseph Horton, legal assistance attorney at Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan's Branch Office in Sasebo, Japan, recently joined several professional representatives at the ...

Jan. 19, 2016

Service to School

Lt. j.g. Joshua Fiveson spends his free time helping lead Service to School, a non-profit that provides free, peer-to-peer admissions counseling to active, inactive, and retired U.S. military service members. As one of the organization’s directors, F...

Jan. 12, 2016

RLSO MIDLANT Hosts Retiree Will Workshop

Lt. Cmdr. David Lee (second from right), Legal Assistance Department Head at Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, and Capt. Lawrence Hill (right), Commanding Officer of Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, speak with retirees at the will w...

Jan. 5, 2016

Basketball Tournament Brings Toys for Tots

Each of the four teams in the basketball tournament wanted to win, but they all agreed that the day was about the kids. Everyone at the gym could see it in the boxes of t...

Dec. 8, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Continues to Build A Diverse and Highly Qualified Team

Recruiting the right team is the foundation of a successful future for our Corps. Building a JAG Corps that is rich in integrity, quality, and diversity is only possible through sustained involvement with law students and leaders in the legal community. Your superb efforts make the Navy JAG Corps an employer of choice, as evidenced by the results of the most recent accession selection board.

Dec. 8, 2015

NLSC Junior Officer of the Quarter and Sailor of the Quarter

It is my distinct pleasure to recognize outstanding judge advocates and Legalmen for professional excellence and dedication to service. The fo...

Oct. 22, 2015

Sailors Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 30, 2015) - The heritage committee onboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) held a celebration for Hispanic heritage month on the ship’s mess decks, Sept. 30. During the event members of the heritage committee, as well as Sailors of Hispanic descent, spoke about Hispanics throughout history that have made important contributions to our nation.

Oct. 15, 2015

How China Shot Down Its Own A2/AD Lawfare Strategy

Last month, President Obama made political history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Arctic, where he discussed American interests in that region and the need for nations around the world to collectively address the challenges of climate change.  During that same week, another momentous event of a different sort occurred nearby:  five warships from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) transited through U.S. territorial seas off the coast of Alaska, near the Aleutian Islands. 

Oct. 14, 2015

Legalman promoted to honorary chief petty officer at NSW pinning ceremony

SAN DIEGO - Aundra Howard sat in the first of 12 long rows of folding chairs, his Navy uniform meticulously pressed, family members sitting on his left and right. Among the hu...

Oct. 9, 2015

SEAFAIR 2015 – A ceremony at sea, welcoming immigrants who serve 

“Welcome,” “welcome,” was a greeting repeated again and again on July 29, 2015 to the eight newly naturalized service members aboard the USS Boxer (LHD-4). Welcome, our brothers and sisters...

Oct. 1, 2015

Lt. Cmdr. Hunter M. Abell Receives WSBA Courageous Award

U.S. Navy officer honored for serving overseas and promoting international relationships From Washington State Bar Association SEATTLE, WA [Sept. 23, 2015] — The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) presented Seattle attorney Lieutenant Commande...

Sept. 24, 2015

DSO West Holds Change of Command

Defense Service Office (DSO) West held a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, on September 18, 2015. Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, Commander of Naval Lega...

Aug. 18, 2015

Region Legal Service Office Northwest Receives Distinguished Service Award

Silverdale, Wash – The American Bar Association has announced the Region Legal Service Office Northwest was recognized for exceptional performance in the area of legal assistance and was awarded the 2014 Distingu...

Aug. 11, 2015

RLSO NDW Holds Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) held a change of command ceremony at its courtroom spaces aboard the Washington Navy Yard, District of...

Aug. 7, 2015

RLSO Midwest Holds Change of Command

Rear Adm. John Hannick, Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander of Naval Legal Service Command, presided over the ceremony in which Capt. Gregory Bart relieved Capt. Terrence Costello as commanding officer of Region Legal Service Office (R...

Aug. 4, 2015

Navy Judge Advocates Speak to Interns About Careers

Now that summer is here, Navy JAG Corps interns have come to the National Capital Region (NCR) to participate in a range of Navy activities, and to learn about a future career in the naval service. At a panel discussion aboard the Washington Navy Yard, attorneys from the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG), Military Personnel (Code 61), the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW), as well as the Defense Service Office North, sat down with interns from the NCR to talk about what they can expect from their first tour in the corps, June 9, 2015.

July 30, 2015

Prep work to testify for Navy Medicine Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners

BREMERTON, Wash. - From the clinical to the courtroom, the initial Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE) training held at Naval Hospital Bremerton switched to the military justice process for t...

July 14, 2015

JTF-GTMO Legalmen awarded commendation

The Assistant Command Fitness Leaders (ACFLs) for Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) recently received commendation from Rear Adm. Kyle Cozard, commander, JTF-GTMO and Capt. Mark Winter, chie...

June 26, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Welcomes New Leadership

The U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps held a change of office ceremony on June 26, at the Washington Navy Yard. During the traditional change of office ceremony, presided over...

June 26, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Holds Change of Office Ceremony

Today, the Navy JAG Corps will hold a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. During the traditional change of office ceremony, presided over by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm...

June 23, 2015

USS Emory S. Land Judge Advocate Engages with Royal Malaysian Navy Legal Officer

Lt. Ryan J. Sylvester, Command Judge Advocate from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) visits with Legal Officer Lt Cmdr. Mohd Shamsuni of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) in one of the RMN...

June 16, 2015

Supporting RLSO Japan’s Legal Assistance Mission With Innovative Remote Services

When I approached the end of my obligated service on active duty, I knew I wanted to stay reserves. The problem was the reason why I was leaving active duty in the first place. My...

June 9, 2015

U.S., Brazil JAG Subject Matter Expert Exchange

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard judge advocates travelled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE), focusing on operational and international law, with Brazilian navy judge advocates on March 30.

June 2, 2015

RLSO NDW Holds Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) held a change of command ceremony on April 24, 2015 at the National Museum of the Navy aboard the Washington Navy Yard.

June 1, 2015

Law Day 2015: Mock Trial

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 1, 2015) -- Serving in the role of the court reporter, Lt. Theresa Poindexter of the Belvoir Hospital Office of the Command Judge Advocate takes notes during a mock trial based on the story of the Three Little Pigs. Members of ...

May 19, 2015

In the News: Cmdr. Michael Jones promoted to military judge

Navy Reserve Commander and Scioto County Domestic Relations Court Magistrate Michael L. Jones graduated from The 58th Military Judge Course at The Judge Advocate General’s School - University of Virginia. Jones was selected by the 2014 Navy Judicial Screening Board to attend.

May 13, 2015

Judge Advocate General Nomination

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Please join me in congratulating Rear Admiral James W. Crawford, III, JAGC, U.S. Navy, on his nomination by the President to be our next Judge A...

April 28, 2015

Power of attorney: Which one do I need?

After nearly a decade and a half of war, service members and their spouses are likely familiar with general powers of attorney. The most common type of power of attorney is a durable, general power of attorney. This document transfers nearly every legal right a person has to another individual. Durable means the document survives even if you are incapacitated for some reason (e.g. in a coma in a hospital).

April 24, 2015

LAMP 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

The Navy JAG Community proudly nominated five legal assistance attorneys and three commands for the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) 2014 Distinguished Service Awards. We are pleased to a...

April 21, 2015

Seven Things You Should Know About Knowledge Management

1. It's Not (Just) SharePoint. Successful knowledge management activities focus equally on people, process and technology. There is an important and necessary culture-shift that creates an environment...

April 14, 2015

Preventing sexual assault re-victimization requires change in culture

PEARL HARBOR – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) is currently at the forefront of Navy training and education, but less discussed and publicized among SAPR topics is the issue of command or peer retaliati...

March 13, 2015

Deputy Judge Advocate General Nomination

Please join me in congratulating Captain John G. Hannink, JAGC, U.S. Navy, on his nomination by the President to be our next Deputy Judge Advocate General o...

March 6, 2015

JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program Results

The Fiscal Year 2015 Judge Advocate General’s Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met on Feb. 10, 2015 and considered 15 highly qualified applicants.

Feb. 25, 2015

Legal Services for Crime Victims

Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) provide eligible victims of a military sexual offenses with a dedicated attorney to help them understand the investigation and military justice process, safeguard their legal rights and interests, advocate on their behalf, and obtain additional support in accessing resources that may assist in their recovery.

Feb. 24, 2015

Tax Season: What You Need to Know

When does tax season start and end? The tax season began January 20th and ends April 15th for people in the United States and June 15th for those stationed overseas. Those stationed in combat zones get an automa...

Feb. 18, 2015

Five Things You Need to Know about Retaliation

Retaliation is harmful action against someone for something they did or said. It includes ostracism and is often described as professional or social. Retaliation is a violation of the UCMJ....

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