Nanette M. DeRenzi
|Nanette M. DeRenzi|
DeRenzi in 2012
|Born||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1984-2015|
|Commands held||Judge Advocate General of the Navy
Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Achievement Medal 
Nanette M. "Nan" DeRenzi is a former United States Navy officer. She served as the 42nd Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the United States Navy. She assumed that position on July 20, 2012 and held it until her retirement on June 26, 2015. Prior to that, She served as Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (DJAG) from August 2009 to July 2012.
Early life and education
DeRenzi was born in Philadelphia and raised in Pennsauken, New Jersey. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University in 1983. She was commissioned through the JAG Corps Student Program and, in 1986, graduated from the Temple University School of Law. She later earned a Master of Laws degree (Environmental Law) from the George Washington University School of Law.
DeRenzi began her career as a litigator, first as a defense counsel and later as a trial counsel (prosecution) in Newport, Rhode Island, followed by assignments in appellate defense and civil litigation in Washington, DC. DeRenzi also served as the fleet judge advocate to commander, U.S. 7th and 3rd Fleets, as well as staff judge advocate to commander, Carrier Group 7. Before her appointment to flag rank, she served as the senior staff judge advocate for commander, U.S. Southern Command; special assistant for legal and legislative matters to the secretary of the Navy; legislative counsel for environmental programs in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; and executive assistant to the JAG. In command, she served as commanding officer, Naval Legal Service Office, North Central.
Awards and education
DeRenzi's personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).
Allegations of unlawful command influence
On May 5th, 2017, retired Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge signed an affidavit that then Vice Admiral DeRenzi, and her then deputy, Vice Adm James Crawford (the current JAG), committed unlawful command influence (UCI) in a sexual assault court martial. Adm Lorges affidavit states that Adm Derenzi and Crawford used discussions of political pressure and threats that his career would be over if he did not approve the conviction of a SEAL Senior Chief. Admiral Lorge further stated that the UCI committed by Adm DeRenzi resulted in him approving the conviction and sentence of a Sailor he believed to be innocent. Unlawful command influence is prohibited under Article 37 of the UCMJ.
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- "U.S. Navy Biographies- RADM Nanette M. DeRenzi". U.S. Navy. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
- Media related to Nanette M. DeRenzi at Wikimedia Commons
James W. Houck
|42nd Judge Advocate General of the Navy
2012 – 2015
James W. Crawford, III