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Brigadier General Kevin M. Sandkuhler, U.S. Marine Corps,

 Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant

of the Marine Corps


Brigadier General Sandkuhler is serving as the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.


Born on August 28, 1953, in Queens, New York, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant via, the NROTC Program, in May 1975 after receiving his B.A. degree in History from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.


Following the Basic School and the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, he was assigned to the  3rd  Battalion, 11th  Marines, First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA. During that assignment, he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Commander and Adjutant. During July 1978, he was selected to attend law school under the Funded Law Education Program.


Brigadier General Sandkuhler attended California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA from 1978-1981. While a student, he served as a Sophistry Instructor and a Notes and Comments Editor, California Western International Law Journal. He received his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) in May 1981 and was admitted to the Bar of the State of California.


Following Naval Justice School, he was assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 1st  Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. He served in a variety of judge advocate positions to include Trial Counsel, Defense Counsel, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate. During November 1984, he was transferred to Okinawa and served with the 3rd  Force Service Support Group as the Officer in Charge of the Review Section and deployed to Korea as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 35th Marine Amphibious Unit. In January 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.


At Camp Pendleton, Brigadier General Sandkuhler served as the Senior Defense Counsel within  the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. During November 1986, he became the Director of the Contracting Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and a Contracting Officer. In 1989, he was selected under the Special Education Program to return to law school and received a Master of Laws degree in Government Contracts from George Washington University in 1991.


Brigadier General Sandkuhler was then assigned as an Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel at Marine Corps Systems Command. In 1993, he attended the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle PA, and graduated during June 1994. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Joint Staff, where he served as a Non-Proliferation Planner in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). During September 1997, he was transferred to III MEF located on Okinawa, Japan and I served as the Staff Judge Advocate for III Marine Expeditionary Force and 3rd  Marine Division.


Upon his return to the United States, he became the Director, Appellate Government Division' (Code 46) at the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, Washington, D.C. In July 2000, he became the Chief Defense Counsel for the Marine Corps. He assumed his present duties on August 27,2001.


His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, the Joint Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Captain Thomas W. Greene, Jr.,

Judge Advocate General's Corps, U. S. Navy

Commanding Officer, Naval Justice School


Captain Thomas W. Greene, Jr., a North Carolina native, graduated from the University of North Carolina and thereafter went to Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar.


After entering active duty in 1976, his assignments have included: Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, Florida; U.S. Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa, Japan; USS FORRESTAL (CV 59); Office of the Judge Advocate General (Military Justice Division and Investigations Division); Commander, Carrier Group THREE; Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan; Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida; and as Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office Central, Pensacola, Florida. Captain Greene reported to his current assignment as Commanding Officer, Naval Justice School, in August 2003.


Captain Greene wears the Legion of Merit with gold star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and Navy Achievement Medal.


Captain Greene is married to the former Nance Robinson of Jacksonville, Florida. They have four children.







The National Anthem




Welcoming Remarks


Captain Thomas W. Greene, Jr., Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer


Graduation Address


Brigadier General Kevin M. Sandkuhler, U.S. Marine Corps,

Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant

of the Marine Corps


Presentation of Lawyer Class Awards


The American Bar Association Award


The Trial Advocacy Award


The American Trial Lawyers Association Award


The Outstanding Legal Assistance Student Award


Presentation of Lawyer Class Graduation Certificates


Judge Advocate's Oath




Official Party Departs













LTJG Michelle D. Hogan, JAGC, USNR

Capt William C. Kirby, USMC

LT Lonnie T. Kishiyama, USCG

1st  Lt Jeffrey R. Liebenguth, USMCR

LT Shanell M.M. Manning, USCG

LT James Lee. Marsh, JAGC, USN

LT Daniel J. McCoy, JAGC, USN 

1st Lt Charles C. Mcleod, USMCR

LTJG Michael J. Melocowsky, JAGC,USNR

LT Steven E. Milewski, JAGC, USN

LT James T. Mills, JAGC, USN

LTJG Edward M.Pierce, JAGC, USNR

Capt Louis M. Schotemeyer, USMC

Maj Christopher B. Shaw, USMC

2nd Lt Randy W. Stone, USMCR

LTJG Thomas D. Stuck, JAGC, USNR

LTJG James M. Toohey, JAGC, USNR

Capt Hanorah E. Tyler-Witek, USMC

LT Jowcol I. Vina, USCG

LT Heather A. Watts, JAGC, USN

LT William H. Weiland, JAGC, USN

LT Jeanine B. Womble, JAGC, USN



1st    Lt Joseph F. Androski, USMCR

2nd Lt Katherine M. Arroyo, USMCR

2nd Lt Joseph A. Atkinson, USMCR

1st  Lt Andrew D. Beckwith, USMCR

LT Jefferey R. Bray, USCG

1st  Lt Adam W. Brill, USMCR

Capt Christian J. Broadstone, USMC

1st  Lt Christopher M. Burnett, USMCR

1st  Lt Patrick J. Callahan, USMCR

LT Casey L. Chmielewski, USCG

LT Jason D. Crain, JAGC, USNR

LT Eric D. Denley, USCG

LT Robin A. Ellerbe, USCG

LTJG Timothy M. Flintoft, JAGC, USNR

LT Timothy E. French, JAGC, USNR

Capt Joseph E. Galvin, USMC

2nd Lt Timothy A. Garrison, USMCR

Maj Jason S. Greenwood, USMC

Maj John M. Hackel, USMC

LT Clayton P. Hahs, JAGC, USNR

LT Scott C. Herman, USCG

LCDR Patricia J. Hill, USCG


































The Naval Justice School evolved from the Informal Naval Courts and Boards Training Course established at Port Hueneme, California, to indoctrinate pre-embarking Seabee battalions during the early days of World War ll. In June 1945, it was officially organized under an officer in charge as a 2-week course for officers. This was soon recognized as insufficient and, on 29 June 1946, the School was formally dedicated by Rear Admiral O. S. Colclough, USN, then Judge Advocate General of the Navy, as a 7-weekcourse for officers and enlisted personnel. On 27 May 1947, it was designated by the Chief of Naval Operations as a separate command under a commanding officer. On 1 May 1950, the School moved to Newport, Rhode Island. It occupied the antiquated wood-frame buildings M-3 and M-6 for over 30 years until the move to a more modem facility in March 1984. Shortly before this move, on 1 October 1983, overall command and control of the Naval Justice School was transferred from the Chief of Naval Education and Training to Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. In June 1991, Helton-Morrison Hall was dedicated in memory of LN1(SW) Helton and LN1(SW) Morrison who were killed in a turret explosion aboard USS IOWA (BB6l). This addition to the school incorporates audiovisual and computer graphics presentation equipment into each classroom.


Courses of instruction are currently conducted for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard judge advocates and staff judge advocates from all services; Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard non lawyer legal officers; senior legalmen; enlisted legal clerks, and court reporters of the Navy and Coast Guard; senior officers of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; Naval and Marine Corps Reserve judge advocates; and Naval Reserve legalmen.



To oversee formal training of Navy judge advocates, limited duty officers (law), and legalmen to ensure their career-long professional development and readiness;


 To provide comprehensive formal training to all Sea Service judge advocates and other legal personnel, to promote justice and ensure the delivery of quality legal advice and other services to the commander; and to train commanders and senior officers in the practical aspects of military law to enable them to perform their command and staff duties and to train other personnel to assist in the sound administration of military justice.




Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in dangerís hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Though the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
Thou Who supports with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight.
Lord, if the tempered winds be near,
That, having Thee, they know no fear.