Dana K. Chipman

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Dana Kyle Chipman
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Lieutenant General Dana Kyle Chipman
38th United States Army Judge Advocate General
Born (1958-09-23) September 23, 1958 (age 58)
Inglewood, California
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1980–2013
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps
Battles/wars War on Terror
War in Afghanistan
Awards US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Def. Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Signature Dana K. Chipman (signature).png

Lieutenant General Dana Kyle Chipman, USA (born September 23, 1958) is an American military lawyer who served from 2009 to 2013 as the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army.

Early life[edit]

Chipman was born in Inglewood, California and graduated from H. L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, Louisiana. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and commissioning as an infantry officer in 1980. He later earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School in 1986. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.


Chipman’s first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer until 1983. Upon completion of the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, he was assigned as a Legal Assistance and Claims Attorney, and as a Trial Counsel with the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Schweinfurt, Germany. In 1991, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Litigation Division in Washington, D.C., as a Litigation Attorney and Senior Litigation Attorney. He later served as the Detachment Judge Advocate, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was next assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Infantry Center and Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1999, he returned to Fort Bragg to serve as Legal Advisor, Joint Special Operations Command. In 2001 and 2002, he deployed as the legal advisor to a Joint Special Operations Task Force for Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and then as Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Central Command. He also served as the Commander and Commandant of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. On October 1, 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and began serving as the 38th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. Chipman completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Judge Advocate Officer Basic and Graduate Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Chipman's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He is also entitled to wear the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

In August 2014, it was announced that Chipman will serve as the chief counsel for the Republican members of the United States House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Chipman is married with three children.


  1. ^ By Mary Troyan, Gannett Washington Bureau. "Gowdy hires retired Army 2-star for Benghazi probe | Army Times". armytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 

Further reading[edit]

"The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army". The Judge Advocate General's Corps Leadership. United States Army. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 

Military offices
Preceded by
Scott C. Black
Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Flora D. Darpino