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Please join us in congratulating the Naval Legal Service Command’s Junior Officer and Sailor of the Quarter.
Lt. Jon T. Taylor, assigned to Defense Service Office North, was selected as Naval Legal Service Command’s Junior Officer of the Quarter. As the core attorney for the Washington Navy Yard Headquarters Office, Taylor carried the heaviest caseload throughout Defense Service Office North. He defended three contested trials, six Article 32 hearings and two guilty plea hearings. As Command Training Officer, he implemented a command training plan that successfully provided training to DSO North personnel, spread across seven offices and multiple time zones. During the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting, Taylor calmly took charge when the DSO North building became an evacuation point for personnel affected by the tragedy. Taylor also worked diligently with the FBI by providing office space, computer equipment, and other resources necessary for the agents to complete witness interviews immediately following the incident.
Legalman 1st Class Marcus T. Thomas, assigned to Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, who was selected as Naval Legal Service Command’s Sailor of the Quarter. Thomas provided outstanding leadership and support to 19 Sailors, seven attorneys, five civilians and two branch offices, overseeing the successful completion of 600 powers of attorney, 100 will executions, and countless data entries and reports in the Case Management and Tracking Information System (CMTIS). Thomas devotedly served as Command Career Counselor, Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator, Command Sponsorship Coordinator and President of the RLSO MIDLANT First Class Petty Officer Association. As the Command Career Counselor, he successfully managed the naval careers of almost 100 Sailors assigned to RLSO MIDLANT.
By Allison Schneider, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii
Region Legal Service Office Hawaii is proud to announce the selection of Sarah Courageous, for the prestigious 2012 American Bar Association Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Distinguished Service Award. The LAMP Award highlights exceptional support of the military legal assistance effort. Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III presented Courageous with the award at the RLSO Hawaii in August.
Courageous currently serves as a legal assistance attorney assigned to RLSO Hawaii at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam. She provides legal assistance services primarily to Navy and Air Force personnel, dependents, and retirees. In 2012, Courageous provided support to a community comprised of nearly 78,000 military personnel and dependents, and hundreds of commands. She personally provided legal assistance services for over 1,000 clients and customers and worked extended hours to assist deploying service members and special needs clients. Notably, Courageous served as the sole legal assistance attorney for three months during the command’s transition of legal assistance services as part of a larger Naval Legal Service Command realignment. In addition to providing exceptional legal assistance, Courageous trained six new judge advocates, a civilian attorney, and three paralegals. Focused on professional development, Courageous spearheaded a joint legal assistance program, elevating the knowledge and provision of legal assistance across the services in legal assistance offices throughout Hawaii.
RADM Hugh H. Howell, Jr. Award of Excellence – Legalman 2nd Class Rose Terry, Navy Reserve Operational Support Unit 0659 and cross-assigned to NR Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic and Legalman 2nd Class Jose Torres, NR International Law (OJAG Code 10). Terry filled the dual-roles of career counselor, counseling for 67 sailors in multiple rates; and training petty officer supervising a team of eight to ensure all members are mobilization ready. Terry served as recorder for RLSO MIDLANT supporting seven Administrative Separation (ADSEP) Boards. She also provided legal assistance to 86 service members and dependents during annual training. Torres fulfilled three roles with his drilling unit: as berthing coordinator, he managed 24 flex-drilling officers needing variable accommodations; as assistant career counselor, he initiated Career Development Boards for three enlisted members; and as training petty officer, he instructed 14 general military training topics. Last year he filled an ATAP assignment at RLSO Midwest and assisted with multiple Captain’s Masts and ADSEP boards.
Reserve Legalman of the Year – Legalman 1st Class Annessa Clark, NR RLSO Midwest. While on active duty for special work, Clark distinguished herself as the independent duty legalman assigned to the Informal Physical Evaluation Board (IPEB) at Pensacola Naval Hospital. As the only legalman assigned to the IPEB, she provided support to 17 attorneys in Florida and Washington, D.C. In this role, she facilitated over 200 disability cases and personally managed a caseload of over 80 clients with pending benefits of over $40 million.
MCPO Delbert Black Leadership Award – Chief Legalman Jeremy Lloyd, NR RLSO EURAFSWA. As a result of his leadership, 100% of the enlisted EURAFSWA members, and over 80% of all regional reserve legalmen, provided active duty gaining command support this year. He also performed two AT missions at RLSO EURAFSWA’s Rota and Sigonella Detachments where he provided UCMJ, ADSEP Board and Courts-martial training to 24 active duty EURAFSWA members.