Judge Advocate General’s Corps Celebrates Anniversary: Soldier first, lawyer always.

BOLESLAWIEC, Poland — As the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) of the United States Army proudly commemorates its 248th anniversary on July 29, it’s essential to reflect on the legacy of the corps and its dedication to upholding justice and ensuring military readiness. Established on July 29, 1775, the JAG Corps has continually played a vital role in providing legal services and support to service members, their families, leaders, and the entire Army community.

Capt. Luke Miller, chief of national security law for the 4th Infantry Division, emphasized the significance and the Corps’ mission.

“In essence, the JAG Corps is the Army’s in-house legal team,” said Miller. “What sets us apart from Department of Defense civilian attorneys is that we are both soldiers and attorneys.”

The diverse corps comprises commissioned officers and paralegals tasked with various responsibilities ranging from reiterating administrative law and advising commanders on military justice issues to overseeing the unique military justice system, which operates separately from the federal criminal justice system.

“We play a critical role in matters of National Security Law, contract labor law claims, and civil law for Garrison operations,” said Miller.

Miller mentions how his role as a JAG Officer has allowed him to receive valuable opportunities and experiences and opportunities since joining the corps, saying he has had the opportunity as a young attorney to advise very senior leaders in the U.S. Army and that is something that does not occur in other areas of the legal market or legal profession.

“I’ve had the opportunity to go on multinational missions, advising the multinational NATO corps Northeast commander, advising multiple major generals and, corresponding with the foreign nation’s versions of Judge advocates,” said Miller.

Specialized staff officers and NCOs, like those in the JAG Corps, take steps to cultivate an environment that encourages Soldiers to be all they can be. Sgt. 1st Class Frank Thomas, a paralegal NCO assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., shared his perspective.

“Being a part of this corps enables me to ‘be all I can be’ because it’s a reminder of how important people are,’’ said Thomas. “Whether you’re a battalion paralegal and you’re providing support to a company commander, first sergeant, or you’re working in the child defense services, you’re ensuring that Soldiers are afforded all the rights and health afforded all the rights that they’re supposed to have when going through any military justice actions. It’s a constant reminder of people first, and that’s what we’re here to do, take care of people.”

As the JAG Corps celebrates another milestone, it remains steadfast in its commitment to justice, readiness, and the people it serves. The JAG Corps provides invaluable legal support, ensuring the U.S. Army remains prepared for any challenge.

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Date Taken: 07.29.2023
Date Posted: 07.31.2023 10:56
Story ID: 450258
Location: BOLESLAWIEC, PL 

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