Friday, June 2, 2017

Oregon National Guard State Judge Advocate and Circuit Court Judge to be promoted to brigadier general (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: June 2nd, 2017 1:03 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Army National Guard Col. Daniel "Dan" J. Hill, the Oregon National Guard State Judge Advocate, is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, June 4, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

Hill has been selected to serve as the Assistant to the Chief Counsel, U.S. Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, The Pentagon, Washington D.C., effective June 1, 2017. This position is one of two general officer Judge Advocate positions in the Army National Guard, the other being the Chief Counsel. Hill will be the traditional (part-time) National Guard Judge Advocate advisor to The Judge Advocate General of the Army concerning the technical supervision and rating of National Guard military judges (at state request), as well as Army National Guard legal personnel training, readiness and related military law matters, and perform such duties as are requested by the Chief Counsel.

In his civilian career, Hill is an elected State Court Circuit Judge in Umatilla and Morrow Counties, 6th Judicial District, Oregon, exercising general jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters. He was originally elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010 and again in 2016. The military promotion and new position will not change his judicial duties with the 6th Judicial District, or his residency in Umatilla County. He is a member of the Oregon Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for Oregon, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services.

"A true Citizen-Soldier, Col. Hill's selection is a testament not only to his performance in the Oregon National Guard, but also to his proven abilities and years of service as a circuit court judge in Umatilla County," said Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Hill was born in Pendleton, Oregon, and resided in and attended school in Hermiston, Oregon. He received his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1986, his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1983, and his Associate of Arts degree from Blue Mountain Community College in 1981.

Following graduation from law school, Hill was the Legislative Aide to Charles "Chuck" Norris, State Representative, District 57, and Colonel, U.S. Army (retired). Following the end of the 1987 legislative session, Hill was commissioned directly into the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) in September 1987. In 1990, following his active duty tour, Hill returned home to Hermiston, Oregon, where he engaged in the practice of law and in 1991 joined the Oregon Army National Guard. Hill's solo private practice consisted largely of business law, real property law, estate planning and probate, and domestic relations. During that period, Hill was at different times concurrently the elected Municipal Judge for the City of Hermiston, the City Prosecutor for the City of Hermiston, and an appointed half-time Circuit Judge pro-tem.

Hill mobilized twice with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard. He was the Task Force Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) in 2005 during domestic support operations following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He then deployed as the SJA for Joint Combined Task Force Phoenix V in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2006.

Hill has held a variety of military positions, most recently appointed by Governor Kate Brown as the State Judge Advocate, Oregon National Guard, in 2015. His other assignments include: Deputy State Judge Advocate, the first Regional Defense Counsel, 4133 Regional Trial Defense Team (West), ARNG Trial Defense Service; Brigade Judge Advocate (BJA), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT); Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix V, Afghanistan; SJA, 41st IBCT, Task Force Pontchartrain (Operation Southern Relief, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita); SJA 82nd Brigade (Troop Command); Assistant SJA, 82nd Brigade; Trial Counsel, USA Air Defense Center and Fort Bliss, Brigade Judge Advocate, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment; Legal Assistance Attorney.

As Trial Counsel, Hill tried cases before General and Special Courts-Martial and the US Magistrates Court as a Special Assistant US Attorney. In 1997, Hill accompanied the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Idaho Army National Guard, to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., for annual training. In March 2007, Hill co-authored "Mentoring Afghan National Army Judge Advocates: An Operational Law Mission in Afghanistan and Beyond" published in the Army Lawyer, Department of Army Pamphlet 27-50-406.

Hill's awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other awards. His military education includes the U.S. Army War College (Masters in Strategic Studies 2014), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Judge Advocate Advanced course, the Judge Advocate Officers Basic Course, and numerous specialized courses.
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