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General Counsel of the Army

General Counsel of the Department of the Army
Seal of the Office of the General Counsel
Flag of the General Counsel and the Assistant Secretaries of the Army
Brad Carson
Department of the Army
Office of the Secretary
Style The Honorable
Reports to Secretary of the Army
Under Secretary of the Army
Seat The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 3019
Formation 1949
First holder Karl Bendetsen
Deputy Deputy General Counsel
Salary Executive Schedule, level IV[1]

The General Counsel of the Army (also known as the Army General Counsel, abbreviated AGC) is the chief legal officer of the U.S. Department of the Army and senior legal advisor of the Secretary of the Army.

U.S. law provides that the General Counsel shall be appointed the civilian life by the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate, and that the Secretary of the Army prescribes the duties of the office.[2]

The Office of the General Counsel of the Army also provides legal advice to the Under Secretary of the Army and the five Assistant Secretaries of the Army, as well as other members of the Army Secretariat. The General Counsel of the Army also plays a role in supervising the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Office of the Chief Counsel of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

List of General Counsels of the Army (incomplete)

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
Karl Bendetsen[3] 1949 1949 Harry Truman Gordon Gray
Francis Shackelford[4] July 24, 1950 August 25, 1952 Harry Truman Frank Pace
Bernard A. Monaghan[4] August 26, 1952 August 14, 1953 Harry Truman Frank Pace, Robert T. Stevens
John G. Adams[4] October 1, 1953 March 31, 1955 Dwight Eisenhower Robert T. Stevens
Frank Millard[4] April 1, 1955 February 28, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower Wilber M. Brucker
Powell Pierpoint[4] 1961 1963 John F. Kennedy Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr., Cyrus Vance
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.[5] 1963 1964 John F. Kennedy Cyrus Vance
Alfred B. Fitt[6] 1964 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson Stephen Ailes, Stanley Rogers Resor
Robert E. Jordan III[7] 1967 1971 Lyndon B. Johnson Stanley Rogers Resor
Robert W. Berry[8] 1971 1974 Richard Nixon Robert Frederick Froehlke, Howard Callaway
Charles D. Ablard[9] February 25, 1975 January 19, 1977 Gerald Ford Martin Richard Hoffmann
Jill Wine-Banks[10] 1977 1980 Jimmy Carter Clifford Alexander, Jr.
Sara E. Lister[11] 1980 1980 Jimmy Carter Clifford Alexander, Jr.
Delbert Spurlock[12] 1980 1983 Jimmy Carter John Otho Marsh, Jr.
Susan J. Crawford[13] 1983 1989 Ronald Reagan John Otho Marsh, Jr.
William J. Haynes, II[14] 1990 1993 George H. W. Bush Michael P. W. Stone
William Thaddeus Coleman III[15] 1994[16] ca. 1999 Bill Clinton Togo D. West, Jr.
Charles A. Blanchard[17] 1999 2001 Bill Clinton Louis Caldera
Steven J. Morello[18] 2001 2004 George W. Bush Thomas E. White, Francis J. Harvey
Brad Carson January 17, 2012 Present Barack Obama John M. McHugh

See also


  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5315
  2. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 3019
  3. ^ Profile from Truman Library
  4. ^ a b c d e (1975), pp. 381-382From Root to McNamara: Army Organization and AdministrationJames E. Hewes, Jr.,
  5. ^ , June 16, 2009Kaiser Health NewsJessica Marcy, "Checking in with Joseph A. Califano, Jr.",
  6. ^ (1998), p. 134History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  7. ^ Jordan's Resume
  8. ^ Obituary
  9. ^ From Dept. of the Army History Site
  10. ^ Profile from the Chicago Network
  11. ^ See (1982), p. 90, n. 11Blacks and the MilitaryMartin Binkin & Mark J. Eitelberg,
  12. ^ Nomination of Spurlock to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
  13. ^ George H.W. Bush nominates Crawford to be Inspector General of the Department of Defense, Nov. 9, 1989
  14. ^ Bio from Dept. of Defense
  15. ^ Tamara Loomis, "Did Affirmative Action Really Hinder Clarence Thomas?",, 06/02/2008
  16. ^ He had served three and a half years as of March 28, 1998, according to , March 28, 1998Los Angeles Times"Army's Top Lawyer Cleared of Charges",
  17. ^
  18. ^ , Jan./Feb. 2003Diversity and the BarMichelle Bates Deakin, "The U.S. Armed Forces: Diversity Starts at the Top",

External links

  • Office of the General Counsel
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