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Municipal Attorney’s Next Assignment: Military Counsel; ‘When the Navy Calls, You Go’

Posted May 24, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Married, a father and a name partner in a Colorado law firm, Carl McGuire seemingly had his life structure set. Then he got the news that he was headed to Afghanistan for a six-month Naval Reserves deployment.

"When the Navy calls, you go," he tells the Fort Morgan Times, noting that he had three months' notice to get his affairs in order before his scheduled departure in August.

One of his major clients, Log Lane Village, has agreed that other attorneys from Brandenburg & McGuire can represent the municipality during his absence, the article notes.

As a Navy lieutenant commander serving as a Judge Advocate General Corps legal adviser to the 30th Naval Construction Regiment at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, McGuire doesn't expect his deployment to be particularly dangerous. And he looks forward to helping the Seabees with construction projects and developing additional legal expertise.

"I will give legal advice concerning contracts, employment issues, military discipline, ethics and the rules under which we will be able to defend ourselves," he tells the newspaper. "In large part, I will be responsible for telling the Seabees how we can defend ourselves, what weapons we can use to defend ourselves, and how we should interact with the Afghanis."

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