Military Bios

Rear Admiral Norton C. Joerg:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Judge Advocate General's Corps Assistant Deputy Judge Advocate General and Deputy Commander Naval Legal Service Command
Rear Admiral Joerg, a native of Newark, N.J., graduated from Nutley (N.J.) High School in 1971 and Princeton University in 1975. He received his J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1978 and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1984. Designated a Judge Advocate in 1979, Rear Adm. Joerg reported for his first assignment on board Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO), Yokosuka, Japan. While at Yokosuka, Rear Adm. Joerg served as Defense Counsel, Senior Trial Counsel, and Command Liaison Officer.
Rear Adm. Joerg left active duty in August 1982 and affiliated with the drilling Reserve. He served with Naval Reserve Legal Service Office 204 Philadelphia, Pa., and with Naval Reserve VTU (Law) 0413 Philadelphia. Rear Adm. Joerg also served as Executive Officer of Naval Reserve VTU (Law) 0413 and Naval Reserve NAVJAG 106 supporting the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG) Management and Plans Division. He was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in February 1991. During his recall, Rear Adm. Joerg served as Assistant Director of OJAG’s Reserve and Retired Personnel Division. Upon release from his recall, Rear Adm. Joerg accepted an active duty assignment within OJAG’s Civil Litigation Division until September 1993.
Rear Adm. Joerg returned to the drilling Reserve in October 1993 as Executive Officer of Naval Reserve BUPERS 06 DET 106, where he also served as Special Projects Officer for implementing the Reserve Officer Personnel Management Act (ROPMA). During this tour, he served at BUPERS in several periods of extended active duty in the ROPMA assignment.
In October 1996, Rear Adm. Joerg became the first Force Judge Advocate for Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force in Williamsburg, Va. He then served as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve NPC 06 DET 106, supporting the Navy Personnel Command and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He became Staff Judge Advocate for Naval Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic in October 2001.
On December 3, 2004, Rear Adm. Joerg assumed the duties as the Assistant Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Deputy Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. Rear Adm. Joerg is the ninth Flag officer in the history of the Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Rear Admiral Joerg’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), and the National Defense Service Medal. In addition to his Navy duties, he maintains a private law practice in Maryland.
Updated: 17 May 2005


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