COLONEL MICHAEL C. JORDAN
U.S. Marine Corps
Colonel Jordan serves as the Legal Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Afghanistan, and as the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He assumed these duties in July 2010.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a BA cum laude in Psychology, Colonel Jordan was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of the Ten Hoor Prize for undergraduate writing in Philosophy. In 1986, he was awarded his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law where he served as Associate Editor of Alabama's Journal of the Legal Profession and was a member of the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society. He is a member of the bars of the State of Alabama, the Court of Appeals of the U.S. Armed Forces and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Colonel Jordan 's military career began in 1985, when following completion of Marine Corps Officer Candidate School he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Following promotion to First Lieutenant, he graduated from the Basic School and the Naval Justice School with honors in 1988.
First Lieutenant Jordan 's first duty assignment was with the Joint Law Center, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, where he was promoted to Captain and served as Trial and Defense Counsel and Civil Law Officer from 1988 until 1990.
In 1990, Captain Jordan transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he served as Trial Counsel, Naval Legal Services Office Detachment and as Commanding Officer, Provisional Rifle Company November, Marine Ground Defense/Security Force. In 1991, Captain Jordan participated in Operation GTMO, initially with November Company as the security force commander and later as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to Joint Task Force GTMO.
In 1992, Captain Jordan attended the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated in 1993 with a Master of Laws degree, was named to the Commandant's List and received the Major Paul P. Dommer award for academic achievement in International Law.
Captain Jordan was next assigned to the 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1993, where he initially served as a Trial Counsel and from where he then deployed to Western Sahara, Africa . From August 1993 until February 1994, he served as Executive Officer of a United Nations Military Observer's Team with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, Africa. Upon redeployment to Camp Lejeune, Captain Jordan served as the Chief Review Officer with the Legal Service Support Section until July 1994 when he joined the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) as the Staff Judge Advocate. While deployed with the MEU he was promoted to Major and participated in Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti and Operations Provide Promise and Deny Flight in the area of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, including during the mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina to rescue USAF Captain Scott O'Grady. Upon his return to Camp Lejeune, Major Jordan served as the II Marine Expeditionary Force Operational Law Officer until April 1996.
After transferring to Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, Major Jordan served as the Commanding Officer, Kilo Company, Marine Corps Officer Candidate School from May until August 1996. He then attended the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, graduating with a Master of Military Studies degree in May 1997.
From June 1997 until June 1999, Major Jordan served as the Head of the Law of Armed Conflict Branch with the International & Operational Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy and as Legal Counsel to the Director, Special Programs Division (N89) at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. Between March and May 1999, he served with the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Allied Force.
From June 1999 until June 2001, Major Jordan was assigned as a Professor at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia, where he taught a variety Of International & Operational Law courses and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Between 1998 and 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Jordan attended Georgetown University Law Center in the evenings. In May 2001, he received a Master of Laws in International Law with distinction and was awarded Georgetown's Chetwood Prize for the most distinguished performance in International Law.
Lieutenant Colonel Jordan served as the Head, International & Operational Law Branch, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, initially at the Pentagon and relocated to the Navy Annex following the 9/11 attack, from June 2001 until May 2002.
From May 2002 through July 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Jordan served as the Commanding Officer, Support Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. In May 2004, he completed Top Level School as a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Air War College Nonresident Studies Program.
In July 2004 Lieutenant Colonel Jordan transferred to the United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where he initially served as the Chief, Administrative and Civil Law, and subsequently as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to the Combatant Commander until May 2006.
Between May 2006 and Jan 2007, prior to deploying to Iraq, Colonel Jordan served as the Staff Judge Advocate, initially for Second Marine Division, and subsequently for II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Colonel Jordan deployed to Iraq in January 2007 where he served as the Staff Judge Advocate, Multi-National Force-West at Camp Fallujah, Iraq until February 2008. While in Iraq, he led more than 70 Marine Corps, Navy and Army Judge Advocates and legal support personnel providing legal services to the 35,000+ member force deployed throughout Al Anbar Province.
In March 2008, Colonel Jordan assumed duties at the 10th Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Tampa Florida. In his capacity as SJA, USCENTCOM, he served as the senior Department of Defense legal official with technical supervision over the legal operations of hundreds of legal personnel deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere throughout the CENTCOM area of operations.
Colonel Jordan was awarded a Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program in July 2004 and was promoted to his current rank on 1 October 2005. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service and Meritorious Service Medals, Navy and Marine Corps and Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.