The Secretary of the Navy has approved the selection of Captain Daniel E. O’Toole, the current NMCCA chief judge, as the first Assistant Judge Advocate General (Chief Judge of the Navy).
The Navy JAG Corps explains:
Captain O’Toole will be the first AJAG (Chief Judge of the Navy), a position approved by the Secretary of the Navy in December 2007. This position, which we sought to establish as part of JAG Corps 2020, will be the capstone billet of the Military Justice Litigation Career Track. Captain O’Toole’s knowledge and experience will serve our Corps well in the years ahead as we continue to focus on improving our capabilities in all areas related to military justice.
With this selection, Captain O’Toole becomes eligible for detail by the Secretary of the Navy as the statutory Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy. We anticipate that, for all Navy AJAGs selected by board procedures, such detail will normally take place during their third year of service in their respective AJAG positions and qualify them for retirement in pay grade O-7 as determined by the Secretary of the Navy.
Congratulations, Chief Judge O’Toole!
I don’t know whether Chief Judge O’Toole will continue to sit with NMCCA in his new position. If anyone knows the answer to that question, please share it with us.