MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A West Virginia University graduate is one the top lawyers in the U.S. military.
Lieutenant General Jeffrey A. Rockwell was recently sworn in as the 18th Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Air Force. He earned his law degree from WVU in 1987 and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from WVU in 1984.
Based at the Pentagon, Rockwell oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command. He is responsible for the oversight of more than 4,400 judge advocates (lawyers), civilian attorneys, enlisted paralegals and civilians in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps worldwide. He also serves as the legal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force.
Rockwell previously served four years as the Deputy Judge Advocate General. He joined the Air Force as a first lieutenant staff judge advocate (lawyer) in 1987 and is now the service’s 39th three-star general.
Over the course of his career, Rockwell has served in Germany, England, Spain, and Australia as well as bases throughout the United States. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Department of State the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
In addition to his degrees from WVU, Rockwell earned a Master of Laws from McGill University and a Master of Science from the National War College.