Paralegals Are Army Master Sergeants

It’s true — see the Stars & Stripes report:

"GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The departure of the 1st Infantry Division from Europe means legal services for the U.S. Army in Bavaria are moving here from Würzburg.

"Lt. Col. Mike Mulligan, Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the Joint Multinational Training Command, said his office, which used to fall under 1st ID at Würzburg, would be established at Grafenwöhr by January.

"The unit — which comprises 30 staff including prosecutors, court reporters and paralegals — is part of an expansion that will see Grafenwöhr grow from a 1,000-soldier garrison with 2,000 military family members (according to an April 2005 census) to a brigade-sized facility with 4,500 active-duty soldiers and 7,000 family members by 2008. The Army is spending $600 million expanding the base to accommodate the new arrivals, garrison officials said.


"One of the first SJA staffers to arrive in Grafenwöhr, Master Sgt. Douglas Clevester Jr., 38, of Houston. He moved into his new office Thursday.

"Clevester, a paralegal, said the move was happening at a difficult time since it coincided with the Styrkers’ arrival but that so far things were running smoothly. He said he expected the SJA mission to remain the same despite the move to a new command."