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Coyne, James M.
Deputy General Counsel

Jim Coyne joined the Office of General Counsel, Defense Logistics Agency, March 1, 2010, as Associate General Counsel for Operations Logistics and Chief Counsel for International Law and Overseas Operations. Prior to that, he was the first Deputy Legal Counsel for U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Jim served 27 ½ years as an Army Judge Advocate, retiring in the rank of Colonel in August 2008.
Mr. Coyne’s military and civilian assignments include spending 24 of the last 31 years outside the continental U.S. His military assignments included seven tours as a Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal advisor), three in operational deployments. His SJA assignments were U.S. Army Pacific, Hawaii; Multinational Force Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad; U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, during which time he supported Operation Enduring Freedom; U.S. Army 5th Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, during 9/11; NATO Stabilization Forces , Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One), Wurzburg, Germany; and Task Force Eagle/Multinational Division North, Operation Joint Guard, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. His staff positions include Legal Advisor, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army; Chief, Military and Civil Law, then Executive Officer to the Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg. Other assignments include Chief of Claims for 1st Armored Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, two tours as Officer in Charge of a law center in Germany; Chief, Administrative Law, Germany; two tours as Chief, Criminal Law, Germany and Alaska; Chief, Legal Assistance, Alaska; and Trial Defense Counsel, Germany.
Mr. Coyne’s military and civilian education includes: Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice, California State University, Sacramento; Juris Doctor, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento; Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, Charlottesville, Va.; Masters of Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville; resident and non-resident Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Masters in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
Mr. Coyne’s civilian awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Civilian Service Commendation Medal and two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards. His military awards and decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star, eight Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Joint Meritorious Unit Commendations, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Army Superior Unit Commendations, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (one star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (one star), Southwest Asia Service Ribbon (3 campaign stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (two stars), Armed Forces Service Medal (one star), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 10, NATO Medal (one star), Saudi Arabia/Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait/Kuwait Liberation Medal, Army Airborne Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Mr. Coyne is a member of the California Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His writings include “Back to the Future: The Role of the Military in Enforcing the Rule of Law,” U.S. Army War College, 2001; “From OSS to USSOCOM: Lessons Learned” Fall 2001 Special Warfare magazine (vol 14, No 4).

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