Jeffrey J. Truitt, CDR
USNWC International Law Reserve Unit
Commander Truitt graduated with Distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and was commissioned a line Ensign. He was active on the Debate Team and a founding member of the Combat Pistol Team. In 1994, he earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Maryland's School of Government and Politics in College Park.
CDR Truitt reported to Bangor, Washington after pipeline training. From 1995 to 1998, he served on the fleet ballistic submarine USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728) (BLUE) during its engineered overhaul, sea trials, and strategic weapons certification cruises. He also completed strategic deterrent patrols on USS GEORGIA and USS ALABAMA during this time. After qualifying in submarines as an Engineer Officer, CDR Truitt was accepted into the Law Education Program in 1998. He performed summer internships at the Trial Service Office in Great Lakes and with the Legislative Assistant to the VCNO in the Pentagon. CDR Truitt graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2001.
CDR Truitt served as legal assistance division head, defense counsel, and Senior Defense Counsel at Naval Legal Services Office Southeast in Jacksonville between 2001 and 2003. From 2003 to 2007, CDR Truitt's primary duty assignment was Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom. In this role, CDR Truitt was instrumental in the decommissioning or handover to the British government or U.S. federal agencies of several U.S. Navy sites in southeast England. Notably, in January 2007, CDR Truitt supported the dual-purpose litigation investigation into the collision of USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN 750) with the 300,000 Japanese tanker M/V MOGAMIGAWA in the Strait of Hormuz.
Between 2009 and 2011, CDR Truitt participated as a Selected Reservist at NR COMNAVSURFLANT Readiness HQ, where he served as Executive Officer of the Reserve Unit and supported the CNSL Force Judge Advocate with traditional administrative law and command services issues. CDR Truitt was then assigned to provide operational law support to NR NECC Expeditionary Training Group. In this regard, he supported and evaluated Echelon IV and V commands in integrated training exercises immediately prior to deployment abroad. In 2013, he served as the first Executive Officer for NR NECC Legal, the newly created Reserve JAG support unit for NECC. CDR Truitt is a qualified International Law attorney, NOBC 2529.
In his private capacity, CDR Truitt practices with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has extensive expertise with mergers and acquisitions and other entrepreneurial transactions. His civic engagement includes service as Secretary of the Johnston County (NC) Board of Elections and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that provides transformational aid around the world.
CDR Truitt's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal.
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