Ike Sailor Selected as Finalist for Legalman of the Year

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cyrus Roson, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — A preliminary board was convened last November 2017 to select the top three finalists for the Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Legalman of the year 2017. Legalman First Class Petty Officer Chardae M. Longshore, assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), received the news from command leadership Dec. 4, 2017 for being selected as one of the top three finalists.

Longshore was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She joined the Navy in Augusta Dec. 2007 as an aviation maintenance administrationman and later converted to Navy cryptologic technician (technical) and now proudly serves as a legalman.

“I am completely honored for being considered as a finalist for Legalman of the Year,” said Longshore. She will be going to Washington, D.C. Jan. 29 through Feb. 3 for the final selection process against the other two finalists. She credits her achievement to her chain of command, mentors and peers in the community.

To be selected as legalman of the year is the highest recognition that a legalman can achieve in their community. Longshore’s position as one of the finalists is a proof of all her hardwork and contributions not only to the Navy, but also to the community. “I try to make sure that I bring everyone alongside so that we could all be up there together,” Longshore added.

“I was excited and I’m happy for her, it’s a good reflection of her accomplishment,” said Legalman Second Class Petty Officer Nikki Millican, fellow Ike Legalman. “I’m glad we can put someone out there representing our command on top of our community in a positive way.”

“Longshore is my leading petty officer and she is absolutely fantastic; she really helps keeps the office together. She does everything from managing the administrative separations to organizing our captain’s masts, and really touches every part of legal practice we have going on here,” said Lt. Katharine Shumway, Ike’s Legal Department Division Officer. “In addition, she is an assistant command fitness leader, President of the First Class Petty Officer Association and she’s constantly volunteering with different organizations. I honestly don’t know how she does it half of the time. She really does do so much as involved in so many different parts of life on the ship.

“I am incredibly proud of her,” said Shumway. “I think it’s awesome that kind of JAG -wide, they recognize her as such a great worker. She is one of the best first classes I’ve worked with in my entire career so it’s very well deserved and I’m glad she’s getting recognition.”

Legalmen work under the direction of judge advocates, doing administrative and clerical tasks. They investigate claims, prepare subpoenas, schedule proceedings and notify people involved. They are also involved in helping Navy personnel with legal problems, and performing other related duties such as court reporter for courts-martial, courts of inquiry and investigations.

Ike is undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard during the maintenance phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP).

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