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Lauren Hanzel

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LCDR Lauren Hanzel is the Officer in Charge of Naval Justice School detachment Norfolk. She is a 2004 graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in American Studies and minored in Political Science and Psychology. She then earned her Juris Doctor in 2007 from Tulane Law School. She is a member of the United States Supreme Court and Maryland Bars [I am taking the South Carolina bar in February]. LCDR Hanzel graduated from the Basic Legal Course at Naval Justice School in March 2008.

LCDR Hanzel's first command was Region Legal Service Office Southeast, Branch Office Charleston, where she did legal assistance under the Defense pilot program. From April 2009 through November 2009, she was deployed with Joint Task Force 134 in Iraq where she was the sole JAG onsite and responsible for closing down TF-134 legal operations at the TIF in Bucca before moving to Camp Cropper to work for TF-134’s Detainee Legal operations Center. After her IA, LCDR Hanzel returned to Charleston as a legal assistance and defense attorney with Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO) SE.

In July of 2010, LCDR Hanzel reported to RLSO Naval District Washington where she initially served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for NDW. When RLSO NDW established a command services department to advise six regional installations and 120 tenant commands, she became the department head. LCDR Hanzel reported as the Command Judge Advocate to Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC), Bangor, Washington in January 2012, and advised NSSC as well as three local squadrons and thirteen submarines. In July 2014, LCDR Hanzel transferred to Naval Justice School detachment Norfolk and became the Officer in Charge in January, 2015.

LCDR Hanzel’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), Army Achievement Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Navy Legal Professional Award presented by the Kitsap County Bar Association.

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