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McPherson Nominated to Be Undersecretary

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

James McPherson, who has been performing the duties of the Army undersecretary since July, will be formally nominated for the permanent job, the White House announced Dec. 5.

McPherson most recently was the Army’s general counsel and chief lawyer, serving in that position since January 2018. He also has served as the general counsel of the Department of Defense Counterintelligence Field Activity, according to the White House announcement.

If confirmed by the Senate, McPherson would fill a vacancy created when Ryan McCarthy was sworn in as Army secretary in September.

McPherson was the Navy’s 39th Judge Advocate General, retiring as a rear admiral in 2006. His professional career began as an enlisted soldier in the Army, where he served at the Presidio of San Francisco, South Korea and the 1st Infantry Division, according to his Army biography.

He is a 1977 graduate of San Diego State University and a 1981 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree in military law from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army.

McPherson’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.