I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the Chief/Regimental Warrant Officer of The Judge Advocate General’s Corps. My primary objective as defined by both The Judge Advocate General and my personal vision is to continuously improve the education and talent of Legal Administrators in the JAG Corps. My goal is to build a resilient framework, consistent with the Corps’ strategic vision that enables all Legal Administrators, past and present, to have and make lasting contributions to the Corps, our profession, and our Nation.
As a 28-year member of the JAGC, I feel the JAGC is family. This is especially true of my Legal Administrator brothers and sisters. Just because we transition from serving in uniform does not mean we are no longer family. We have much to learn from those who have served. I know I do not want to end my relationship with the family when my time has ended. Nor, do I want to lose the connection that I have made with truly wonderful people that taught, coached, mentored, and led me through the worst of times as well as the best of times.
The creation of this Association can set an example to the Corps, the military service, and our communities that our occupation within the military and the people in that occupation are of the highest character, with unmatched competence, and unwavering commitment to service. It is a way to pay back what was given to us, and a way to pay forward to those that will continue the fight after we are gone.
It is a great honor to be a founding member of this organization. Because of the elite few that can be members—I know that AMLA will grow and thrive for generations. Teach, Coach, Mentor, Lead!
James E. Steddum, CW5, US Army, Co-Founder, Association of Military Legal Administrators