Colonel Daniel J. Hill of Hermiston will soon be Brigadier General Hill.
Hill, a Umatilla County circuit court judge, will be promoted to Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the National Guard Bureau. He will serve as an advisor to Judge Advocate General of the Army starting June 1.
Hill has been serving as State Judge Advocate, the top legal position in the Oregon National Guard, since 2015.
He said he will be able to fulfill his new national position duties part-time from Hermiston while continuing to serve as a circuit court judge. On occasions that the National Guard job does require travel, the Oregon Judicial Department will provide someone to fill in during Hill’s absence so that the work of the court is not disrupted.
As assistant to the Chief Counsel, Hill said his job duties will include being a liaison between various parts of the Guard’s legal system and interactions with the Active Component and the U.S. Army Reserve, working on Judge Advocate management policy, supervision and rating of National Guard military judges, reviewing professional misconduct complaints and other military law matters.
“It’s kind of a facilitator role,” he said.
Hill said he will be the first person to do the job in its current form, so it is “going to be kind of interesting to see what I get handed.”
General Michael L. Stencel, The Adjutant General for Oregon, stated in an email announcing the promotion that Hill is an example of a “true citizen-soldier.”
“Col. Hill’s selection is a testament not only to his performance in the Oregon National Guard, but also to his proven abilities and years of service as a circuit court judge in Umatilla County,” Stencel wrote.
A news release from the 6th District Circuit Court congratulated Hill and called the new position and rank a “well-deserved promotion.”
Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer congratulated Hill as well.
“That is a great honor, but if your service in the National Guard is anything like your service in OJD, not a surprise at all!” he wrote. “We are proud of you and wish you every success in your new duties.”
Hill said the promotion is a “good career capstone” and he looks forward to the challenge.
“I think it’s going to be a change of pace, looking at the world differently, from a higher policy level,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the different perspective.”
Hill graduated from Hermiston High School, obtained an associate’s degree from Blue Mountain Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a law degree from Willamette University and a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College in 2014. He went into active duty for the Army as a first lieutenant with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1987 and joined the National Guard in 1991.
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