Flora D. Darpino

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Flora D. Darpino
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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 – present
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 US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Def. Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Flora D. Darpino is an American 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. [1]


Lieutenant General 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.[2] 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.[3]

Lieutenant General Darpino received a direct commission into the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in January 1987.[2] Her first assignment was to VII Corps in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was a Trial Defense Counsel and Chief of the Civil Law Division.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Lieutenant General Darpino’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. Lieutenant General Darpino has also earned the Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.[2][3]

Lieutenant General Darpino is married with two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ Leipold, J.D. (September 4, 2013). "Army swears in first woman as Judge Advocate General". United States Army. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Brigadier General Flora D. Darpino, Commander and Commandant". United States Army. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Flora D. Darpino". Rutgers University. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "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 – present
Succeeded by