Military Bios

Rear Admiral Bruce E. MacDonald:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Judge Advocate Generalís Corps Deputy Judge Advocate General Commander, Naval Legal Service Command
Rear Admiral MacDonald is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and entered the Navy in May of that year.
Rear Adm. MacDonald was commissioned an Ensign in the Unrestricted Line through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following the normal Surface Warfare pipeline, he reported to USS Hepburn (FF 1055) in October 1979 where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant and Navigator. After a two-year tour at Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific where he served as Intermediate Combat Systems Team Training and Advanced Multi-Threat Team Training course director, he was selected for the Law Education Program in 1984. He received his degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1987.
In 1987, Rear Adm. MacDonald reported to Naval Legal Service Office San Diego where he served as Senior Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, and Medical Care Recovery Act Claims Officer. In 1990, he reported aboard USS Independence (CV 62) as the Command Judge Advocate. After receiving a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., in 1992, he was transferred to Seoul, Korea, where he served as Chief, Operational Law Division, on the staffs of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate on the staff of United States Naval Forces Korea.
In August 1994, Rear Adm. MacDonald reported aboard Naval Legal Service Office Northwest as its Executive Officer. In November 1996, he became the Officer in Charge of Trial Service Office West Detachment Bremerton. In July 1997, he reported to Commander Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, as the Fleet Judge Advocate. Rear Adm. MacDonald assumed command of Naval Legal Service Office Northwest in August 1999, serving as commanding officer until June 2002. He was assigned to the Pentagon as the Special Counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations from June 2002 through October 2004. Rear Adm. MacDonald assumed duties as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command on 10 November 2004.
Rear Adm. MacDonald is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star.
Effective: 21 March 2005


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