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U.S. Department of Defense
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News Release

Release No: NR-300-18 October 19, 2018

SecDef Designates Chief Trial Judge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis designated Army Col. Douglas Watkins as Chief Judge for the Military Commissions Trial Judiciary, Oct. 17.

Watkins replaces Army Col. James Pohl, who retired Sept. 30.

The Chief Judge assigns military judges to preside over each military commissions case referred to trial.

For more information about the Office of Military Commissions, visit,

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