Vice Admiral John G. Hannink (J.D. ‘94) has been appointed to the position of Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy
Baylor Law congratulates Vice Admiral John G. Hannink (J.D. ‘94) on his appointment to the position of Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy, and for his appointment to the grade of Vice Admiral. Hannink was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 11 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate by voice vote on June 28. Rear Admiral Hannink stepped into his role as JAG at a change of office ceremony in Washington, DC on September 12, 2018.
Baylor Lawyers Greg Looser (L), J.D. ’94, and Kendall Gray (R), J.D. ’94, Celebrate with Vice Admiral Hannink at the Washington Navy Yard
Since 2015, Hannink has served as Deputy JAG and as Commander of the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC). In his new position, Vice Admiral Hannink will serve as the senior military counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), as well as the leader of the Navy’s worldwide JAG community.
Hannink graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He completed pilot training at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. He entered the Navy’s Law Education Program and graduated with a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law in 1994. He later earned an LL.M. in International Law from George Washington University Law School.
“With heartfelt appreciation we thank Vice Admiral Hannink for his tireless service to our country, and congratulate him on his most recent promotion.–Dean Brad Toben
“With heartfelt appreciation we thank Vice Admiral Hannink for his tireless service to our country, and congratulate him on his most recent promotion,” stated Baylor Law’s Dean Brad Toben. “Vice Admiral Hannink is a testament to the power of leading with character and integrity that we strive to instill in every Baylor Lawyer.”
The Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps was formally established on Dec. 8, 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Since that time, the Navy JAG community has grown to include more than 2,400 active-duty, Reserve component and civilian members.
Judge advocates are attorneys who perform legal duties while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. They provide legal services to their branch of service and legal representation to members of the Armed Services. In addition, judge advocates practice in multiple areas of the law including international, labor, contract, environmental, and administrative law.
Vice Admiral Hannink’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
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