Hans P. Graff, CAPT
USNWC International Law Reserve Unit
Captain Graff attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Latin American Studies and Economics, with a minor in Spanish. During the summer of 1983, he attended the Georgetown University Summer Program in Quito, Ecuador in conjunction with La Universidad Catolica. In 1984, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies (With Honors). In the fall of 1984, he began attending the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1987. He is a member of the bars of the State of Texas, the U.S. District Court for Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Following graduation from law school, Captain Graff entered active duty with the United States Navy. Upon completion of Officer Indoctrination School and Naval Justice School, he was stationed at the Navy Legal Service Office, Subic Bay, Philippines, where he served as trial counsel, defense counsel and legal assistance officer. In May, 1989, Captain Graff transferred to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines, where he acted as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. During his time with COMUSNAVPHIL, CAPT Graff served on several U.S.-Philippine mutual defense committees addressing land use and base issues. Additionally, CAPT Graff assisted more senior JAG’s working on extending the Bases Agreement with the Government of the Philippines.
In 1990, Captain Graff transferred to the Naval Legal Service Office, Naples, Italy, where he served as trial counsel, defense counsel, and legal assistance officer. CAPT Graff traveled extensively for both professional and personal reasons, visiting the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Oman, Bahrain, Israel and Turkey.
In 1992, Captain Graff transferred to the Naval Support Activity, New Orleans to be the Command Staff Judge Advocate, until he left active duty in 1993. Since leaving active duty, he has held positions in the Naval Reserve Legal Service Office, Central 111, NR Civlawsuppact 111, where he served an an Admiralty Attorney, NR LSO Europe, Southwest Asia, where he served as Admin Officer, Training Officer and Executive Officer. In 2002, Captain Graff was recalled to active duty at NLSO EURSWA, where he served for 4 months as Acting Executive Officer. Upon his release from active duty, Captain Graff returned to the NR NAVJAG 211 unit, where he served as an appellate counsel and three years as the Executive Officer.
In January of 2007, CAPT Graff was assigned as a member of the NR DIILS 501 unit. In May of 2007, CAPT Graff was mobilized as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In that capacity, he served a six month deployment with the Law and Order Task Force in Baghdad, Iraq, where he worked on rule of law and capacity building issues related to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, prior to his demobilization in December of 2007 and his return to the NR DIILS 501 unit.
As a member of the DIILS unit, Captain Graff served as an instructor teaching Law of Disciplined Military Operations and various international law topics to students at the International Surface Warfare Officer’s School, Newport, R.I., as well as to students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Nigeria and the Republic of Chad. Since December of 2011, CAPT Graff has been a member of NR Naval War College (Law); his immediate previous assignment was to NR VTU Law Unit in Austin, Texas.
Captain Graff is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (3), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Campaigns-Defense of Saudi Arabia, Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, Ceasefire Campaign), Iraq Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (5 Awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal (GOS); Kuwait Liberation Medal (GOK) and Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon. He is professionally employed by the Houston Independent School District as an Assistant General Counsel.
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