Leadership

Vice Admiral James W. Crawford, III

Vice Admiral James W. Crawford, III

Judge Advocate General
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III is the 43rd Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Crawford is the principal military legal counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations, and serves as the Department of Defense Representative for Ocean Policy Affairs (REPOPA). He also leads the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.

Crawford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1979. He was commissioned through the JAG Corps Student Program, and, in 1983, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. 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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Crawford served from 2012-2015 as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. As Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, he led the judge advocates, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of 14 commands worldwide, providing prosecution and defense services, legal assistance services to individuals, and legal support to shore and afloat commands.

Crawford served from 2007-2011 as Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 2011-2012, he served as Commander, NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission/Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan.

Before his appointment to flag rank, he served as 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 also served at Navy Personnel Command, the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Naval War College, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, the Naval Justice School, and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight. He began his legal career as a defense counsel at the Naval Legal Service Trial Defense Activity, Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Crawford’s personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Updated: 26 June 2015

Rear Admiral John G. Hannink

Rear Admiral John G. Hannink

Deputy Judge Advocate General
Commander, Naval Legal Service Command
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Rear Adm. John G. Hannink is the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (DJAG) and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command (CNLSC). 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 14 commands that provide prosecution and defense services, legal services to individuals, specialized legal training, and legal support to Navy units around the world.

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985, Hannink completed pilot training at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. Assigned to VS 33, he deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). He served as the squadron’s public affairs officer, quality assurance officer, and nuclear safety officer.

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Hannink then entered the Navy’s Law Education Program, and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1994. He later earned a Master of Laws degree in International Law from George Washington University Law School.

Hannink has served several assignments within Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) and the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG). NLSC assignments include personal representation attorney and prosecutor at Naval Station San Diego, and commanding officer of Region Legal Service Office Southeast. OJAG assignments include general litigation attorney, and executive assistant to the Deputy Judge Advocate General and the Judge Advocate General. He also served as Assistant Judge Advocate General (Operations and Management) and Chief of Staff, Region Legal Service Offices.

Hannink’s staff and operational experience includes deputy staff judge advocate (SJA) for Fifth Fleet, SJA for Second Fleet, special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, deputy legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, special counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, and SJA for U.S. Pacific Command. Most recently, he served as a Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, Newport, Rhode Island.

Hannink is a member of the state bar of Texas. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Updated: 26 June 2015

Admiral Donovan

Rear Admiral Janet R. Donovan

Deputy Judge Advocate General for Reserve Affairs and Operations
Deputy Commander, Naval Legal Service Command
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Rear Admiral Donovan is a native of Lakewood, Ohio. She is a 1983 graduate of The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1980, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.

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During her initial period of active service, Donovan served as Counsel to the Regional Physical Evaluation Board, and Senior Trial Counsel at Naval Legal Service Office, Great Lakes, Il.; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Legal Officer on board USS ACADIA (AD-42); and Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Amphibious Group 3.

Donovan transitioned to the Reserve Component in 1991. Since then, she has commanded Navy Reserve Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic 206 and Navy Reserve Appellate Review/NAVJAG 113. She also served in a wide variety of commands including United States Forces Korea; Naval Legal Service Office, Washington D.C.; The U S. Naval Academy, and the Office of the Judge Advocate, General Litigation Division.

Among the many staffs with which she served on active duty for special work during her career were NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command; Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; and the Department of Justice/Department of the Navy A-12 Litigation Team.

Donovan was nominated to Flag rank in January 2012 while serving as the Navy Reserve Law Program Manager and Operational Support Officer, and as Force Judge Advocate, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command.

Donovan's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 gold stars).

Updated: 3 December 2012

Master Chief Jondell Ritchie

Master Chief Legalman (Surface Warfare / Air Warfare) Jondell Ritchie

Command Master Chief, Naval Legal Service Command
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Master Chief Jondell Ritchie was born and raised in Fulton, Missouri. After graduating Fulton High School, she enlisted in the Navy in September 1989 as an undesignated Airman. Upon completion of RTC, she attended Airman Apprenticeship training in Orlando, Florida.


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Master Chief Jondell Ritchie reported to VFA-106, Cecil Field, FL in January 1990. While there, she worked in Maintenance Control, Logs and Records, and Maintenance Admin as an AZ. She advanced to AZ2 during her tour. In November 1993, she reported to Navy Recruiting District, St Louis, MO where she recruited from the St Peters, MO and Columbia, MO offices. Upon completion of her recruiting tour in December 1996, she reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), NAS Sigonella, Italy where she served as the Avionics Production Control AZ and Maintenance Admin LPO. She advanced to AZ1 in 1997 and was accepted for conversion to Legalman prior to her transfer in 1999. She attended NJS in January 2000 and reported to Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida in March 2000 where she served as the Legal Department LPO. During this tour, she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia College. In October 2004, she reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT (CCSG-8) located in Norfolk, Virginia. While there, she earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Air Warfare designations. She advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2005. She deployed with CCSG-8 from October 2006 until April 2007 on board USS EISENHOWER in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and operations in the Horn of Africa. In December 2007, she graduated the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 135 and reported to RLSO MIDLANT where she served as Command Services Dept LCPO and Senior Enlisted Leader. She was advanced to LNCS May 2008 and LNCM May 2011. Master Chief Ritchie reported to Naval Justice School in August 2012 and served as the Command Master Chief. She assumed the duties as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Command Master Chief of Naval Legal Service Command in June 2015.

Master Chief Ritchie’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (third award), Navy Achievement Medal (fourth award), and the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award).

Updated: 23 June 2015

Master Chief Julie A. Tessmer

Master Chief Legalman Petty Officer Julie A. Tessmer

Command Master Chief, Reserve Component JAG Law Program
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Legalman Master Chief Julie Tessmer was born in Port Washington, WI and raised in La Crosse, WI. She enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve in December, 1995 through the Advanced Pay Grade (APG) program and completed APG School in New Orleans, LA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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Legalman Master Chief Julie Tessmer was born in Port Washington, WI and raised in La Crosse, WI. She enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve in December, 1995 through the Advanced Pay Grade (APG) program and completed APG School in New Orleans, LA.

Her first drill site was Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Madison in the Administrative Department but soon after she transferred to NOSC Chicago in Great Lakes, IL where she was attached to Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO).

Over the next three years she completed the three phases of Legalman training at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI and graduated in 1999. She advanced to petty officer first class and became the unit leading petty officer (LPO) in 2000.

In 2003, she was advanced to chief petty officer and transferred to the Reserve Component Command (RCC) Midwest as the LCPO to the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA).

She co-chaired the chief petty officer transition process in 2005 for 18 chief selects from NOSC Chicago, NOSC Peoria and NOSC Rock Island.

LNCM Tessmer was promoted to senior chief in 2008 and then transferred to the Navy Reserve Commander, Navy Region Midwest Regional Operations Center to serve at the Administrative Department LCPO.

For the period from October 2009 to July 2010, Master Chief Tessmer was mobilized in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM to Baghdad, Iraq for duty with the Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP). As the non-commissioned officer (NCO) liaison to Iraqi Central Criminal Court, she was involved in the prosecution of high-valued terrorists.

Upon her return from mobilization, LNCM Tessmer transferred to Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Africa, Commander 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA-C6F) MPP DET 513, Great Lakes, IL. In 2012, she was elected as the President of NOSC Chicago’s Chief Petty Officer Association, which was 250 members strong and in that same year she became the Unit Senior Enlisted Leader. In 2013, she was promoted to master chief petty officer.

Currently, she serves on the Reserve LN Executive Steering Committee and is also the Security Manager for the Reserve LNs.

Her personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) and various other personal and service awards.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Master Chief Tessmer lives in Madison, WI. She is the State Law Librarian for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She serves on the Board of the Capital K9s, a volunteer non-profit organization that supports the City of Madison Police Department K9 Unit.

Updated: 9 March 2015

Past Leadership in the JAG Corps

VADM James W. Crawford, III
2015-Present
VADM Nanette M. DeRenzi
2012-2015
VADM James W. Houck
2009-2012
VADM Bruce E. MacDonald
2006-2009
RADM James McPherson
2004-2006
RADM Michael Franklin Lohr
2002-2004
RADM Donald Joseph Guter
2000-2002
RADM John Dudley Hutson
1997-2000
RADM Harold Eric Grant
1993-1997
RADM William Leon Schachte, Jr.
1992-1993
RADM John Edward Gordon
1990-1992
RADM Everett Don Stumbaugh
1988-1990
RADM Hugh Don Campbell
1986-1988
RADM Thomas Edward Flynn
1984-1986
RADM James Joseph McHugh
1982-1984
RADM John Smith Jenkins
1980-1982
RADM Charles Eager McDowell
1978-1980
RADM William Owen Miller
1976-1978
RADM Horace Bascomb Robertson, Jr.
1975-1976
RADM Merlin Howard Staring
1972-1975
RADM Joseph Bryant McDevitt
1968-1972
RADM Wilfred Asquith Hearn
1964-1968
RADM William Chamberlain Mott
1960-1964
RADM Chester Charles Ward
1956-1960
RADM Ira Hudson Nunn
1952-1956
RADM George Lucius Russell
1948-1952
RADM Oswald Symister Colclough
1945-1948
RADM Thomas Leigh Gatch
1943-1945
RADM Walter Browne Woodson
1938-1943
RADM Gilbert Jonathan Rowcliff
1936-1938
RADM Claude Charles Block
1934-1936
RADM Orin Gould Murfin
1931-1934
RADM David Foote Sellers
1929-1931
RADM Edward Hale Campbell
1925-1929
RADM Julian Lane Latimer
1921-1925
RADM George Ramsey Clark
1918-1921
Captain William Carleton Watts
1917-1918
Captain Ridley McLean
1913-1916
Captain Robert Lee Rusell
1909-1913
Captain Edward Hale Campbell
1907-1909
Captain Samuel Willauer Black Diehl
1904-1907
Captain Samuel Conrad Lemly
1892-1904
Colonel William Butler Remey
1880-1892

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