Judge Advocate General of the United States Army

The Judge Advocate General of the United States Army (TJAG) is the commanding officer of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army. Under Title 10 of the United States Code, the TJAG is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. Suitable candidates are recommended by the Secretary of the Army. By statute, TJAG serves a four-year term of officer 10 U.S.C. § 3037.

Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
Incumbent
LTG Charles N. Pede

since July 14, 2017
FormationJuly 29, 1775
First holderLTC William Tudor
WebsiteOfficial Website

Creation

The position of Judge Advocate General was the brainchild and creation of General George Washington. In a letter to the Continental Congress he wrote, "I would humbly propose that some provision should be made for a judge advocate, and provost-marshal. The necessity of the first appointment was so great that I was obliged to nominate a Mr. Tudor, who was well recommended to me, and now executes the office under an expectation of receiving captain's pay—an allowance (in my opinion) scarcely adequate to the service, in new raised troops, where there are court-martials every day."[1] Congress agreed with Washington and Tudor was formally commissioned as a lieutenant colonel.[2]

U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals

NamePhotoTerm beganTerm ended
1.LTC William TudorJuly 29, 1775April 9, 1777
2.COL John LauranceApril 10, 1777June 3, 1782
3.COL Thomas EdwardsOctober 2, 1782November 3, 1783
Position abolished on November 3, 1783
4.CPT Campbell SmithJuly 16, 1794June 1, 1802
Position abolished on June 1, 1802
5.Bvt. MAJ John F. LeeMarch 2, 1849September 3, 1862
6.Bvt. BG Joseph HoltSeptember 3, 1862December 1, 1875
7.BG William M. DunnDecember 1, 1875January 22, 1881
8.BG David G. SwaimFebruary 18, 1881December 22, 1894
9.BG Guido Norman LieberJanuary 3, 1895May 21, 1901
10.BG Thomas F. BarrMay 21, 1901May 22, 1901
11.BG John W. ClousMay 22, 1901May 24, 1901
12.MG George B. DavisMay 24, 1901February 14, 1911
13.MG Enoch H. CrowderFebruary 15, 1911February 14, 1923
14.MG Walter A. BethelFebruary 15, 1923November 15, 1924
15.MG John A. HullNovember 16, 1924November 15, 1928
16.MG Edward A. KriegerNovember 16, 1928February 28, 1931
17.MG Blanton C. WinshipMarch 1, 1931November 30, 1933
18.MG Arthur W. BrownDecember 1, 1933November 30, 1937
19.MG Allen W. GullionDecember 1, 1937November 30, 1941
20.MG Myron C. CramerDecember 1, 1941November 30, 1945
21.MG Thomas H. GreenDecember 1, 1945November 30, 1949
22.MG Ernest M. BrannonJanuary 27, 1950January 27, 1954
23.MG Eugene M. CaffeyFebruary 5, 1954December 31, 1956
24.MG George W. Hickman, Jr.January 1, 1957December 31, 1960
25.MG Charles L. DeckerJanuary 1, 1961December 31, 1963
26.MG Robert H. McCawJanuary 1, 1964June 30, 1967
27.MG Kenneth J. HodsonJuly 1, 1967June 30, 1971
28.MG George S. PrughJuly 1, 1971June 30, 1975
29.MG Wilton B. Persons, Jr.July 1, 1975June 30, 1979
30.MG Alton H. HarveyJuly 1, 1979July 31, 1981
31.MG Hugh J. ClausenAugust 1, 1981July 31, 1985
32.MG Hugh R. OverholtAugust 1, 1985July 31, 1989
(Acting)MG William K. SuterAugust 1, 1989February 1, 1991
33.MG John L. FughJuly 26, 1991September 30, 1993
34.MG Michael J. Nardotti, Jr.October 1, 1993August 4, 1997
35.MG Walter B. HuffmanAugust 5, 1997September 30, 2001
36.MG Thomas J. RomigOctober 1, 2001September 30, 2005
37.LTG Scott C. BlackOctober 1, 2005October 1, 2009
38.LTG Dana K. ChipmanOctober 1, 2009September 3, 2013
39.LTG Flora D. DarpinoSeptember 4, 2013July 14, 2017
40.LTG Charles N. PedeJuly 14, 2017

See also

References

  1. Washington, George. 'Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain by his Excellency George Washington.. Page 13. Retrieved from Google Books. .
  2. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789. page 645. (pdf page: 237).
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