Defense Commissary Agency appoints Bradley R. Hansen principal deputy general counsel

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-8-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bradley R. Hansen has been named principal deputy general counsel for the Defense Commissary Agency. His reporting date was July 27.

The announcement came today from William Sherman, DeCA’s general counsel. Hansen fills the position left vacant by Phil Koren, who retired Jan. 10.

In his new position, Hansen supervises the deputy general counsels for personnel law, commercial law, litigation, Freedom of Information Act, and the paralegal and office manager.  He also works closely when needed with the office of the Department of Defense General Counsel and the director of the Defense Legal Services Agency.

“Brad is extremely well-suited to assume the duties of our principal deputy general counsel, possessing a wealth of knowledge on the legal issues we face,” Sherman said. “We are pleased to have him returning to DeCA.”

From 2002 to 2008, Hansen was assigned to DeCA as the senior assistant general counsel, where he served as primary legal advisor for developing and implementing a legislative initiative to improve federal sector equal employment opportunity complaints processing.

He returns to DeCA from the Defense Contract Management Agency, Chester, Va., where he had served as counsel for operations since 2012, providing legal advice on contract management functions and operations in support of major systems acquisition.

Before joining the DCMA, Hansen served for two years as counsel for Joint Futures Laboratory, U.S. Joint Forces Command, where he advised on service contracts, industry engagement mechanisms, and intellectual property rights and technology transfers.

Hansen has more than a quarter century of DOD experience as a Navy judge advocate and a civilian attorney. His government career began in 1990 as a Navy defense counsel in the Naval Legal Service Office in San Diego. He is currently a commander in the Navy Reserve.

During his career, Hansen served in various assignments including staff judge advocate for the Navy Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy; attorney advisor for the Army Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy; chief of litigation and disputes resolution division, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.; and attorney advisor, Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Va.

From 2012 to 2014, while assigned to DCMA, Hansen was deployed as a Navy reservist to Navy Central Command/Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, serving as a deputy force judge advocate.

Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in journalism from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (1987); and a Juris Doctor degree, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1990), Sacramento, Calif.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil