Philip Fluhr, CDR
USNWC International Law Reserve Unit
Commander Fluhr received his commission through the Judge Advocate General's Corps Student Program in September 1997. CDR Fluhr reported to the Naval Officer Indoctrination School at Newport, Rhode Island in November 1998 for the Officer Indoctrination Course and the Basic Officer Leadership Course. After graduating, CDR Fluhr attended the Basic Lawyer Course at the Naval Justice School.
After completion of the above training in March 1999, CDR Fluhr reported to the Trial Service Officer Pacific Detachment, located in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as Trial Counsel and Command Services Attorney. After this assignment, CDR Fluhr became Assistant Staff Judge Advocate on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). During his assignment on board Kitty Hawk, CDR Fluhr participated in three Western Pacific deployments and one Middle East deployment, which was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Following completion of his tour on board Kitty Hawk in May 2002, CDR Fluhr left active duty. In February 2003, he affiliated with the Navy Reserve and from that time until November 2013, CDR Fluhr served with Navy Reserve International and Operational Law, a unit that supports the Office of the Judge Advocate General. As a reservist, CDR Fluhr has been recalled to extended active duty for the following assignments: (1) from July to September 2004 to serve with the Office of the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Arlington, Virginia; (2) from November 2005 to May 2006, during which he served as Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines; and (3) from October 2008 to October 2009 to serve with Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I). While deployed to Iraq, CDR Fluhr initially served with Joint Task Force 134 as Intelligence Liaison Attorney to the MNF-I Combined Joint Intelligence Directorate (CJ2). He later transitioned to the MNF-I Office of the Staff Judge Advocate where he served as Chief of Intelligence Law.
In his civilian capacity, CDR Fluhr serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. CDR Fluhr joined the office in April 2011 and he is assigned to the Criminal Division. Previously, CDR Fluhr served as Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). During his tenure with ODNI, CDR Fluhr was assigned as legal counsel at the National Counterterrorism Center and as the principal legal advisor to the National Counterintelligence Executive. Prior to joining the ODNI, CDR Fluhr practiced law from June 2002 to July 2006 with Connell Foley LLP, a New Jersey-based law firm.
CDR Fluhr earned a Bachelor of Arts in May 1995 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate in May 1998 from the Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.
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