Please join us for the Barbara Rom/Ed Rakow/Historical Society Luncheon at the Atheneum Hotel on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. Luncheon starts at noon, social hour (optional) starts at 11:15.
This year’s Barbara J. Rom Award winner is Lynn M. Brimer of Strobl Sharp PLLC.
John R. Ewers, Jr. is a retired major general in the United States Marine Corps. He was the 19th staff Judge advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Major General Ewers received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1984 and soon thereafter became a certified judge advocate. As a junior officer, MajGen Ewers served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, special assistant U.S. Attorney, deputy staff judge advocate, military justice officer, and a recruit training series commander. MajGen Ewers received his Master of Laws as an honor graduate from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School in 1994 and then went on to serve as a military judge from 1996 to 1999 on the Sierra Judicial Circuit, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. From 2000 to 2002, then-Lieutenant Colonel Ewers was the officer in charge of the Legal Service Support Section, 1st Force Service Support Group and was responsible for developing legal service support plan for I Marine Expeditionary Force for what became Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2002, he was assigned as the staff judge advocate (SJA) for the 1st Marine Division. On 22 March 2003, Ewers was wounded three times by gunfire during an ambush in southern Iraq. After returning from Iraq, he left the division when he was chosen to serve as the commanding officer of the Third Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD, San Diego. While in command, Ewers was selected for the rank of colonel and, in turn, selected as a commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ewers is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. In August 2005, Ewers assumed duties as SJA, I MEF, and soon thereafter was assigned to work economics and governance issues for I MEF (Forward), eventually serving as deputy team leader, Al Anbar Provincial Reconstruction Team, in 2006-2007. Returning again from Iraq in February 2007, he resumed his duties as I MEF SJA until moving back to the judiciary in August 2008 as circuit military judge, Western Judicial Circuit. From April 2010 until August 2011, he was the deputy SJA to the commandant of the Marine Corps before serving as the Department of the Navy’s assistant judge advocate general for military justice. On 2 July 2014, Ewers was promoted to major general and assumed the billet of SJA to the commandant of the Marine Corps.