Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Norton C. Joerg

Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy
(Reserve Affairs and Operations) and
Deputy Commander Naval Legal Service Command

Rear Admiral Norton C. Joerg

Rear Admiral Joerg graduated from Nutley High School, N.J., in 1971 and Princeton University in 1975. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the New York University School of Law in 1978 and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in 1984. Designated a judge advocate in 1979, Joerg reported for his first assignment on board Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO), Yokosuka, Japan. While at Yokosuka, Joerg served as defense counsel, senior trial counsel and command liaison Officer.

Joerg left active duty in August 1982 and affiliated with the drilling reserves. He served with Naval Reserve Legal Service Office 204 and with Naval Reserve Voluntary Training Unit (VTU Law) 0413. 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, Joerg served as assistant director of OJAG’s Reserve and Retired Personnel Division. Upon release from his recall, Joerg accepted an active duty assignment within OJAG’s Civil Litigation Division until September 1993.

Joerg returned to the drilling reserves 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, 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 Dec. 3, 2004, Joerg assumed the duties as the deputy judge advocate general of the Navy (RAO) and deputy commander, Naval Legal Service Command, Washington. Joerg is the ninth flag officer in the history of the Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His 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.

Updated: 2 October 2008