Salutes & Awards

November 1, 2012

Exhibiting the highest standards

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Ken Drylie
Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

Captain Jennifer Donahue, officer in charge of Client Services (which includes Claims and Legal Assistance), accepts the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance from Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Oct. 23. Also pictured (left to right): Capt. Robert Aghassi, OIC for the Legal Assistance Office; Capt. David Mangen, attorney at Legal Assistance; Spc. Brandon Smith, military paralegal at Legal Assistance; Jessaka Menzie, attorney at Legal Assistance; Angela Turner, civilian paralegal with Legal Assistance, and; Enitima Laulu, legal and tax assistant with Legal Assistance.

The Legal Assistance Office at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin was recognized for excellence in a ceremony, here, Oct 23.

National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander, Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell, presented the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance to members of the legal assistance staff.

The Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance is only presented to those offices exhibiting the highest standards in legal assistance. Across the entire Army, both active and Reserve, only around 10 legal assistance offices received this award, according to Ferrell.

In 2011, the Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office saw approximately 2,000 clients, saving Soldiers and Family members almost $400,000 in civilian legal fees. That’s a tremendous contribution to Soldier and Family member quality of life, Ferrell said.
Legal Assistance provides help with wills, powers of attorney, landlord/tenant issues, marriage settlement agreements, and a whole host of other issues.

The support ensures that Soldiers and Families receive what they deserve: the absolute best legal assistance possible, said Ferrell.




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