Staff Judge Advocate
Capt. Pamela Ball, JAGC
Captain Pamela Ball is the staff judge advocate at Naval Postgraduate School Monterey. She was born and raised in Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Grand Valley State College and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. She was commissioned into the Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1988 and attended the Naval Justice School in 1989. She received her Master’s of Law degree at the George Washington School of Law in 2002, specializing in health care law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania.
In addition to California, Captain Ball has been stationed in Virginia, Washington D.C., Florida, Washington, Spain, Guam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. She began her career as a defense counsel, trial counsel, command services attorney and legal assistance attorney. Her staff judge advocate assignments included the USS Proteus, USS Holland, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Naval Medicine Support Command; she was the fleet judge advocate at the Naval Education and Training Command. Her sea time included a deployment to the Philippines in support of Operation Fiery Vigil and participation in the Coral Sea Commemoration in Australia.
Captain Ball has been an instructor at the Naval Justice School Detachment, where she taught criminal and civil law, and she was the military international law professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies. She filled key leadership roles as the executive officer at Naval Legal Service Office Southeast and the commanding officer at Naval Legal Service Northwest. Her operational experience include a one-year deployment to Iraq, assigned to Task Force 134 Detainee Operations, where she served as officer in charge of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq Liaison Office, assisting in the prosecution of detainees. She also worked in the rule of law office where her duties included working with the minister of human rights. In her most recent one-year deployment to Afghanistan, ending in 2013, she served as a legal mentor for the staff judge advocate office and judiciary of the 201st ANA Corps, located at forward operating base Gamberi.
Captain Ball’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.