Ralph J. Tremaglio named the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy general counsel for commercial law

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Ralph J. Tremaglio has been named the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy general counsel for commercial law.

Tremaglio, who started work at DeCA Oct. 19, fills a position left vacant since June when Elliot Clark retired.

“Ralph brings a level of expertise to the commercial law section, which will benefit DeCA greatly as we face an ever increasing series of complex issues,” said William E. Sherman, DeCA’s general counsel.

The GC’s commercial law department specializes in government contract and fiscal law, ethics, administrative law, environmental law, installation law and real estate claims. Tremaglio oversees the work of three attorneys and provides legal advice and counsel, recommendations and support for the agency’s acquisitions; litigates disputes on DeCA’s behalf before the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Courts, and manages the ethics program.

Tremaglio previously served as the military staff judge advocate for the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at Fort Lee, Va., from 2013 to 2014. He officially retires Jan. 1 from the Army as a colonel with more than 29 years of combined service in the active duty and reserve forces.

Tremaglio began his military career in 1985 as a field artillery officer. He later left active duty, joined the Army Reserve and applied to law school at Widener University. In 1993, he returned to active duty as a legal assistance officer at Fort Sill, Okla., and went on to serve in various JAG assignments stateside and overseas.

Some of his career highlights include serving as the senior acquisition attorney for the Army in Europe from 2008 to 2010; the senior acquisition attorney for Iraq and Afghanistan along with being the command judge advocate, Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, at Camp Victory, Iraq, and Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, from 2010 to 2011; and staff judge advocate in Kaiserslautern, Germany, from 2011 to 2013.

He also served from 2005 to 2008 as a professor and chair (contract and fiscal law division) for the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. And, from 1996 to 1997, he served as an operational law attorney with the 1st Infantry Division for both the Implementation Force II (IFOR) and the Sustainment Force I (SFOR) in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Tremaglio has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. (1985); a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Del. (1992); a master of laws degree in military law from the Judge Advocate General’s School, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. (1999); and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., (2003).

He is an active member of the Maryland and Washington, D.C., bars and is allowed to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Tremaglio’s awards include two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the NATO Medal for service in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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
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