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Photo 1: 641st Regional Support Group (RSG), Group Judge Advocate Lieutenant Colonel Sean Harshey (seated) and Paralegal Sergeant (SGT) David Calzadilla relax after completing the Danish Contingent (DANCON) March put on by the Danish Army Contingent at Al Asad Airbase in Anbar Province, Iraq, on 13 July 2019. Troops from the United States, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, as well as civilian contractors, completed the challenging 14.2-mile ruck march in the July heat to earn the coveted DANCON March medal. Proceeds from the event went to support veteran and military Family charities in Denmark. Lieutenant Colonel Harshey and SGT Calzadilla are deployed in support of Combined Joint Task ForceOperation Inherent Resolve. Photo credit: 641st RSG PAO SFC Tracy Korff.

Photo 2: On 11 July 2019, members of the Offices of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army North and Army Support Activity (ASA), Fort Sam Houston, Texas, conducted officer professional development at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI). The CFI is an outpatient facility under the command and control of Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC) and specifically the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

In the spring of 2005, Arnold Fisher and the Board of Directors of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes proffered a rehabilitation facility. Then-Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey accepted the proffer. Funds for the facility were received from over 600,000 Americans.

The threefold mission of the CFI is to provide rehabilitation for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom casualties who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss, to provide education to the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran’s Affairs professionals on cutting edge rehabilitation modalities, and to promote research in the fields of orthopaedics, prosthetics, and physical/occupational rehabilitation. Pictured from left to right (front row): Ms. Barbara Deleon, CPT Sara Andes, CPT Melissa Reilly-Diakun, Mr. Jenetrell Oliver (summer extern), Ms. Hillary Sayre (summer extern), Ms. Elizabeth Esqueda, MAJ John Harwood, (in rear) Mr. James Tripp, CPT Charles Eiser, and Mr. Brian Whitaker.

Photo 3: Captain Albert B. Merkel Jr. received the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award on 21 June 2019 at a ceremony at the Pentagon. Captain Merkel is a member of the 91st Legal Operations Detachment headquartered at the Parkhurst Army Reserve Center in Darien, Illinois. In the photo (from left to right): LTG Walter E. Piatt, CPT Albert B. Merkel Jr., and COL (Ret.) William J. Davis.

Photo 4: On 28 May 2019, The Judge Advocate General (TJAG), Lieutenant General (LTG) Charles N. Pede, hosted the first annual Military Spouse Attorney Day to recognize and celebrate the contributions of military spouse attorneys to the Armed Services and the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Recognizing that military spouse unemployment and underemployment creates stress and influences a Family’s decision to stay or leave the military—factors that ultimately hurt military readiness, retention, and recruitment. In 2014, the U.S. Army JAG Corps started its Military Spouse Attorney Hiring Program, utilizing its hiring flexibilities to fill vacant attorney positions with military spouse attorneys. Under LTG Pede’s tenure as TJAG, the program has expanded to help even more JAG Corps Families. Since 2014, the JAG Corps has offered employment to over 180 spouse attorneys.

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Photo 5: On 1 June 2019, Deputy Judge Advocate General (DJAG), Major General Stuart Risch, was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Joint-Combined JAG Ball in the Republic of Korea (ROK). In his remarks to the American and ROK service members, DJAG emphasized the special alliance the United States has developed with our ROK partners. He also paid homage to previous generations, including several prominent judge advocates, whose sacrifices and contributions on the peninsula helped create today’s prosperous, free, and democratic Korea.

Photo 6: Colonel Gail Curley and the U.S. Army Europe’s Office of the Judge Advocate (OJA) recently executed a staff ride to Normandy to study the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. It was a truly moving experience as this year marks seventy-five years since Commanding General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the order to begin the “great crusade” to liberate Europe from tyranny. The team visited Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches, Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église, Saint-Marie-du-Mont, Pointe du Hoc, and Bayeux. They also walked the avenue of approach from Omaha Beach to the American Battle Monuments Cemetery. In addition to these sites, the OJA team also visited two memorials marking the location of Nazi war crimes. At the Abbey d’Ardenne, twenty Canadian soldiers were executed by members of the 12th SS Panzer Division. At the Battle of Graignes, forty-four civilians and an unknown number of prisoners of war were murdered in a church fire by the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division. These case studies were a sobering reminder to remain vigilant in our Corps‘ commitment to the rule of law and to the law of armed conflict.