Flora D. Darpino
|Flora D. Darpino|
Lieutenant General Darpino
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1987 – present|
|Commands held||The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
United States Army Legal Services Agency
|Battles/wars||War on Terror
|Awards|| Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal
Flora D. Darpino (born 1961) is an American general and military lawyer who is the 39th Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. She is the first woman to hold that position, which she assumed on September 4, 2013.
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. 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.
Darpino received a direct commission into the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in January 1987. Her first assignment was to VII Corps in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was a trial defense counsel and chief of the civil law division. 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. 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.
Awards and decorations
|Air Assault Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|4th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge|
|Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|2 Overseas Service Bars|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Bronze Star Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Superior Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 3|
She is married with two daughters.
- Leipold, J.D. (September 4, 2013). "Army swears in first woman as Judge Advocate General". United States Army. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
- "Brigadier General Flora D. Darpino, Commander and Commandant". United States Army. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- "Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Flora D. Darpino". Rutgers University. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
- "5 Star Alumni". Rutgers University. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
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|Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
2013 – present