George Brauchler, the district attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, who also serves as a colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard, has added another title and job: military judge.
According to a news release from the DA’s office, Brauchler successfully completed the 62nd Military Judges Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is now certified to serve as a military judge.
The three-week intensive course is an invitation-only, multi-service training including active duty, reserve, and National Guard judge candidates from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
The Colorado General Assembly in 2018 updated the Colorado Code of Military Justice to provide for courts-martial authority, necessitating the creation of a position of military judge.
Brauchler will be the first military judge for the Colorado National Guard, the release said. He also has been selected for Army War College, a military education prerequisite to greater potential leadership opportunities, the release said.
Brauchler is proud of his military service and strives to encourage others to serve: Three members of his office are on active duty, with five others actively drilling in the guard or reserve, the release said.
The U.S. Department of Defense in 2017 honored the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office with the Freedom Award for support of employees who serve in the guard and reserve.
It is the first district attorney’s office in the country to receive the award.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve my country and the citizens of Colorado, here and abroad, in uniform for my adult life,” Brauchler said in the release. “I am humbled to be selected as a military judge to ensure that those in service are afforded due process when accused of criminal behavior.”
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