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Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy honored by National Bar Association

From Navy Judge Advocate General Corps Public Affairs

131107-N-YP490-002WASHINGTON — The Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, received the Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award from the National Bar Association at George Washington University Law School, Nov. 7.

Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III, was presented with the first Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award for his leadership and service.

The Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award is named after Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Gray, the first African American to serve as a Judge Advocate general officer.   The Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award will recognize a leader, jurist or practitioner who has exhibited distinctive and exemplary service to their community and nation.

“I am extremely honored to receive an award named for such a distinguished officer as Maj. Gen. Kenneth Gray,” said Crawford.  “While you honor me today, the honor truly is for those that have enabled me in the past and those with whom I serve with today.”

Crawford currently serves as the Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. As the DJAG, he serves as the Deputy Department of Defense Representative for Ocean Policy Affairs. As CNLSC, he leads the attorneys, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of 17 commands, providing prosecution and defense services, legal services to individuals, and legal support to commands around the world.

“Rear Adm. Crawford has brought extraordinary distinction and honor upon the military, the nation, his family, and himself,” said Patricia Rosier, president, National Bar Association. “Similarly, we salute all military service members, veterans, and military families, all of whom achieve so much in the face of innumerable challenges.”

131107-N-YP490-050Before his appointment to flag rank, Crawford served as Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commander, NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission/Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan. Special Counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, the senior Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and as the Fleet Judge Advocate for U.S. Seventh Fleet. In command, he served as Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office Southeast.

Crawford graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and was commissioned through the JAG Corps Student Program. He later earned a Master of Laws degree (Ocean and Coastal Law) from the University of Miami (Florida) School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

 

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RLSO Mid-Atlantic Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic held a change of command ceremony July 19. During the traditional change of command ceremony, presided over by the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, Capt. Denise E. Stich was relieved by Capt. David G. Wilson.

Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic held a change of command ceremony July 19. During the traditional change of command ceremony, presided over by the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, Capt. Denise E. Stich was relieved by Capt. David G. Wilson. See More

 

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In Memory of Rear Adm. (ret.) Merlin H. Staring

We are sad to inform you that Rear Adm. (ret.) Merlin Staring passed away on June 3, 2013.

Staring served as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 1972 to 1975. Staring was born on March 20, 1919, in Frankfort, New York. A 1941 graduate of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, he was named outstanding ROTC field-artillery cadet and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and numerous other scholastic honorary societies during his years at Louisiana State.

Staring was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on May 26, 1941, and began his military career as Assistant Material Officer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C. In 1947, he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws with honors from Georgetown University, where he was associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He entered the Regular Navy as a Law Specialist Officer in November 1947. In 1949, he was assigned as judge advocate and defense counsel in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1951, he attended the Naval Justice School at Newport, Rhode Island, after which he served as trial counsel and law officer of general courts-martial at the Potomac River Naval Command in Washington, D.C. In 1952, he was awarded a Master of Laws from Georgetown University.

During his career, Staring served in the Office of the Judge Advocate General Administrative Law Division; Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General; on the staff of Commander in Chief, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean in London, England; Commander Service Force SIXTH Fleet/Commander Service Squadron SIX; Fleet Legal Officer for Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor; Force Legal Officer for Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; and Special Counsel to the Secretary of the Navy.

On February 1, 1971, Staring was sworn in as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy; on April 1, 1972, he took office as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Staring was awarded the Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Alumni, Leadership

 

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RLSO NDW Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington held a change of command ceremony Apr. 30. During the traditional change of command ceremony, presided over by the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, Capt. Daniel Eldredge was relieved by Capt. Gregory Smith.

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington held a change of command ceremony Apr. 30. During the traditional change of command ceremony, presided over by the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, Capt. Daniel Eldredge was relieved by Capt. Gregory Smith.

 

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Rear Adm. Crawford Visits George Washington School of Law

Rear Adm. James Crawford, the deputy judge advocate general of the Navy, visited George Washington School of Law Dean Gregory Maggs, faculty and students March 11th. Most of the students are members of the JAG Corps attending GW Law to earn a master’s of law (LLM) in a variety of disciplines from litigation to environmental law. Also attending were several law school students hopeful to become judge advocates.

Rear Adm. James Crawford, the deputy judge advocate general of the Navy, visited George Washington School of Law Dean Gregory Maggs, faculty and students. Most of the students are members of the JAG Corps attending GW Law to earn a master’s of law (LLM) in a variety of disciplines from litigation to environmental law. Also attending were several law school students hopeful to become judge advocates.

 

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Rear Adm. Crawford Keynote Address for Black History Month

8508262568_df5a1165bb_bFort Meade celebrated Black History Month with the theme of “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”  The annual observance was hosted by Navy Information Operations Command Maryland at McGill Training Center Feb. 14.  Rear Adm. James Crawford III, deputy judge advocate general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command, gave the keynote address.  Listen to his full speech at JAG Radio.

 

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DJAG Presents End of Tour Award

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Rear Adm. James Crawford, III, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, presents Lt. Matthew Dursa with an end of tour award.

 

 

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In Memory of Rear Adm. (ret.) Charles E. McDowell

Charles McDowellRear Adm. (ret.) Charles E. McDowell, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy of Alexandria, VA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012 surrounded by his family and devoted caregivers. Born in Manchester, NH in 1923, he was the son of Joseph Curry McDowell from Belfast, Ireland and Mildred Howe Eager also of Manchester, NH. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1947, Class of 1944) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1950).

During WWII, he served as the Rifle Platoon Leader; 3rd Platoon, Company A, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division; France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded and hospitalized March 3, 1945.  Three days later his platoon captured the Ludendorff Railway Bridge in Remagen Germany. He served in the United States Navy as an attorney from 1951 until his retirement in 1980. During the height of the Vietnam war he served as the Head Legal Officer of the Seventh United States Fleet: Yokosuka, Japan. He went on to serve as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and then as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 1978-1980.  Following his retirement from the Navy in 1980, he continued to practice law in Woodbridge, VA until he retired in 1997.

For thirty-six years he and his wife lived in the Waynewood neighborhood in Alexandria. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where he was head of the church’s kitchen committee. He found great joy in preparing Wednesday night church dinners and preparing meals for the Route One Community Kitchen.  He and his wife were avid swimmers and square dancers. He enjoyed reading, surf fishing and was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Carolyn “Candy” G. McDowell; daughters Robin (Bruce) Mathews and Patricia “Mimi” (Tom) VanPoole; grandchildren Kristi (Isaac) Maiselman and Kevin (Amanda) Mathews; great grandchildren Charles and Oliver Mathews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA  22308.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 
Topeka, KS 66675 or to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA  22308.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Alumni

 

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Three Civilian Employees Retire After 52 Combined Years of Service

Ms. Joan Robinson, Mrs. Barb Baskin, and Mrs. Norma Padrigan wave goodbye to Naval Legal Service Office Southwest (NLSO SW) on their last day. The three civilian employees retired after 52 combined years of service to NLSO SW. Baskin retired after 27 years at NLSO SW, Robinson, served NLSO SW for 16 years. Padrigan, retired after nine years of service to the Command. Upon departing they stated, “We are like the Three Musketeers of NLSO SW riding off into the sunset.”

 

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Rear Adm. Crawford Visits the Northwest

Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy, recently visited the Northwest region. During his visit, he addressed both Naval Legal Service Office Northwest (NLSO NW) and Region Legal Service Office Northwest, taking time to speak with all the members of each command, and pausing for a group photo with NLSO NW.

 

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