Flora D. Darpino

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Flora D. Darpino
Flora Darpino.jpg
Lieutenant General Darpino
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1987 – 2017
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
United States Army Legal Services Agency
Battles/wars War on Terror
Iraq War
Awards U.S. Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Flora D. Darpino (born 1961) is a retired American general and military lawyer who was the 39th Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. She was the first woman to hold that position, which she held from September 4, 2013[1] to July 14, 2017.[2]


Darpino graduated with a B.A. from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Camden in Camden, New Jersey, in 1986.[3] She later received an LL.M. in military law from The Judge Advocate General’s School. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars.[4]


Darpino received a direct commission into the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in January 1987.[3] Her first assignment was to VII Corps in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was a trial defense counsel and chief of the civil law division.[3] She was later the training officer and assistant operations officer for the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service; litigation attorney, litigation division, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency; chief, Administrative Law, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; assistant executive officer, Office of The Judge Advocate General; chief, Judge Advocate Recruiting Office; staff judge advocate, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and Tikrit, Iraq; deputy staff judge advocate, III Corps at Fort Hood; chief, Criminal Law Division, OTJAG; staff judge advocate, V Corps, in Heidelberg, Germany; and staff judge advocate, United States Forces – Iraq, in Baghdad, Iraq.[3] She served as the commander of the United States Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and as the commander of the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
4th Infantry Division CSIB.svg 4th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
JAGcrest.gif Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 3


She is married with two daughters.[5]


  1. ^ Leipold, J.D. (September 4, 2013). "Army swears in first woman as Judge Advocate General". United States Army. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "CSA hosts joint retirement ceremony iho Gen. Flora D. Darpino and Deputy JAG Maj. Gen. Thomas Ayers". Defense Media Activity. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Brigadier General Flora D. Darpino, Commander and Commandant". United States Army. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Flora D. Darpino". Rutgers University. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "5 Star Alumni". Rutgers University. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Dana K. Chipman
Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
2013 – 2017
Succeeded by
Charles N. Pede