Leadership

Vice Admiral John G. Hannink

Vice Admiral John G. Hannink

Judge Advocate General
Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985, Vice Adm. John G. Hannink completed pilot training at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. Assigned to Sea Control Squadron (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.

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

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Hannink has completed 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 5th Fleet, SJA for 2nd 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. He also served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, Newport, Rhode Island.

Hannink served from 2015-2018 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.

Hannink is the 44th judge advocate general of the Navy. Hannink is the principal military legal counsel to the secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations. He also leads the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legalmen and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.

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: 13 November 2019

Rear Admiral Darse E. Crandall

Rear Admiral Darse E. Crandall

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

Rear Adm. “Del” Crandall is a native of Elgin, Illinois. He was commissioned in 1984 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in Economics. As a midshipman he earned silver "Dolphins," the enlisted submarine warfare qualification, on USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624 GOLD).

His first tour of duty was as communications officer and anti-submarine warfare officer on USS Lockwood (FF 1064), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, where he earned his surface warfare officer qualification. While serving as administrative assistant and aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Warfare), Crandall was selected for the law education program. In 1992, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude. In 1999, he received a masters of law degree in international law from The George Washington University, with highest honors.

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Crandall has completed several assignments within Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) and the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG). NLSC assignments include defense counsel, prosecutor, and civil law department head at Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO) Northwest Pacific; and, commanding officer of NLSO Central, Pensacola, Florida. OJAG assignments include administrative law attorney; and, deputy executive assistant to the Judge Advocate General. He also served one year in the dual role of Assistant Judge Advocate General (Operations and Management) / Chief of Staff, Region Legal Service Offices.

Crandall’s staff and operational experience include staff judge advocate (SJA) and legal department head on USS Independence (CV 62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan; deputy legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; deputy SJA for Naval Forces Europe; SJA for Sixth Fleet; SJA for U.S. European Command; legal advisor to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; special counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council staff; and legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Crandall 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.

Crandall is a member of the state bar of Virginia. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

Updated: 12 September 2018

Rear Admiral Les Reardanz

Rear Admiral Les E. Reardanz

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

Rear Adm. Les E. Reardanz is a native of Illinois and holds his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California Davis and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law.



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His reserve command and senior leadership tours include serving as Commanding Officer NR Region Legal Service Office Northwest; Staff Judge Advocate, Reserve Component Command, Navy Region Northwest; the first Commanding Officer of NR Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Legal (where the unit received the Gilbert Cup for the best reserve legal unit in the nation); and, the Deputy Force Judge Advocate (Reserve), Commander, Naval Reserve Forces Command/Navy Reserve Law Program Specialty Law Pillar Lead. He has also served as Special Assistant, Manpower and Recruiting for the Navy Reserve Law Program. Currently, he is a member of the National Navy Reserve Policy Board.

His forward deployed and operational tours include Legal Advisor, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan; Chief, Rule of Law for International Security Assistance Forces, Afghanistan; and, Chief, Operational Law, U.S. Central Command (Forward) providing legal support to Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He has participated in multiple exercises in Korea, including serving as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Forces embedded with the Republic of Korea’s 2nd Operational Command. He also served on active duty with a Naval Coastal Warfare command in support of Operation Noble Eagle (Puget Sound) after 9-11.

He assumed duties as deputy judge advocate general (reserve affairs and operations) and deputy commander, Naval Legal Service Command in October 2019.

His other reserve tours include Deputy Legal Counsel (Reserve), Office of the Legal Counsel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Executive Officer, NR Region Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia; Deputy Legal Counsel (Reserve), U.S. Central Command; Staff Judge Advocate (Reserve), Commander, Naval Forces, Korea; and with NR Region Legal Service Office, Northwest. On active duty, he served with Navy Legal Service Office, San Diego; Naval Special Warfare Center; and, the Admiralty Counsel’s office at the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General.

In his civilian capacity, he has held various local government leadership positions, including as the chief executive officer of a Washington state port authority, a municipal attorney, museum director, and waterfront redevelopment project manager. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Washington and California (inactive) and before the United States Supreme Court, as well as other various federal and military courts. He also volunteers with various non-profits, commissions, and bar committees.

Updated: 7 October 2019

Master Chief Jondell Ritchie

Master Chief Legalman (Surface Warfare / Air Warfare) Brook L. Larkins

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

Master Chief Brook L. Larkins assumed duties as Senior Enlisted Advisor, Office of the Judge Advocate General and Senior Enlisted Leader, Commander, Naval Legal Service Command on June 21, 2019.



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A native of Northern Iowa, she enlisted in the Navy in December 1993. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida, she reported to Airman Apprentice School in Florida. In 2001, she converted to the Legalman rating. Larkins later completed a Master at Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, an Associate’s degree in Applied Science, is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief and Chief of the Boat Course. She is a designated specialist in surface and aviation warfare and a Master Training Specialist.

Larkins’ early assignments include a tour at Naval Air Station Key West Florida, Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba, USS BOXER (LHD 4), Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet, Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet onboard USS CORONADO (AGF 11), Navy Region Legal Service Office Southwest, USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), Naval Justice School Detachment San Diego, Defense Service Office Southeast, and Naval Justice School.

Her personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

Updated: 26 June 2019

Master Chief Sally Webster

Master Chief Legalman Petty Officer Sally A. Webster

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

Legalman Master Chief Petty Officer (Seabee Combat Warfare) Sally Webster joined the United States Navy Reserve in September 2003 and she completed basic training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in April 2004.



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Master Chief Webster graduated from the Legalman Accession Course (honor graduate) in June 2005 and the Legal Officer Course (with high honors) in June 2006, both taught at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. Master Chief Webster is a March 2017 graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island.

Master Chief Webster graduated from the University of Sheffield School of Law, in Sheffield, England with a Law Degree (LL.B. honors) in 1999, and a Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M) from Seattle University School of Law in 2006. She is an attorney member of the New York State Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association.

On August 1, 2018, Master Chief Webster was appointed as the Command Master Chief of the Navy Reserve Law Program and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Deputy Judge Advocate General for Reserve Affairs and Operations. Master Chief Webster was the Deputy Command Master Chief from May 2013 to July 2018. From September 2009 to May 2013, Master Chief Webster was the Senior Enlisted Leader for Legalmen in the Northwest Region of the United States.

Master Chief Webster’s history of assignments include: Navy Reserve - Region Legal Service Office Northwest in Bremerton, Washington from September 2004 to June 2006; Legal Officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion EIGHTEEN in Iraq from July 2006 through August 2007; Navy Reserve - Region Legal Service Office Northwest in Bremerton, Washington from September 2007 through February 2010; Headquarters Company Chief and Legal Officer with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion EIGHTEEN in Afghanistan from March 2010 through February 2011; SJA Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Navy Region Northwest - Reserve Component Command in Everett, Washington from March 2011 to January 2013.

In 2008, Master Chief Webster was awarded the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell, Jr. Award of Excellence by Rear Admiral N.C. Joerg, Deputy Judge Advocate General – Reserve Affairs and Operations. Master Chief Webster earned her Seabee Combat Warfare qualification in February of 2007.

Master Chief Webster’s personal awards and medals include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with FMF device, and Navy Reserve Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

In her civilian life, Master Chief Webster is a Senior Attorney with Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Washington, supporting the Microsoft Store Division where she specializes in contract law, consumer law, international law, intellectual property and computer & technology law. She has been with Microsoft Corporation since March 1999.

Updated: 8 August 2018

Past Leadership in the JAG Corps

VADM John G. Hannink
2018-Present
VADM James W. Crawford, III
2015-2018
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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