WNC prosecutor also serves as army decide

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By Quintin Ellison • Unique to SMN

John Hindsman Jr. leaves his civilian career this week for his military a single, reworking from local assistant district attorney into Maj. Hindsman, U.S. Army Reserve choose advocate.

As a member of Decide Advocate Normal (JAG) Corps, Hindsman deploys for monthly teaching to Puerto Rico with his unit on Thursday, Nov. 12. All through the unit’s battle assembly, soldiers will expend 4 times honing their armed service skills.

When at property, Hindsman works in the 43rd Prosecutorial District for District Legal professional Ashley Hornsby Welch. Even though his duties can acquire him into any of the 7 counties that make up the district, he typically performs in Macon, Clay and Cherokee counties.

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The 38 calendar year old is a Clay County indigenous who life in the vicinity of Hayesville with his spouse, Michelle, who is an inside designer. His dad and mom are Jane and Steve Hindsman.

“The district attorney has been exceptionally supportive of my double duties, as has my spouse,” Hindsman mentioned.

Hindsman usually operates on his armed forces circumstances at evening or on weekends, just after his assistant district attorney duties end for the day. Furthermore, he participates in the month-to-month instruction with his unit, as perfectly as spends up to 30 days each individual 12 months on active responsibility. 

In 2013, Hindsman was mobilized to serve as trial counsel inside of 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.

“While there, I labored quite a few sexual assault conditions, a significant-profile murder case and an global baby sexual abuse situation in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Police Section,” he reported. “No a single working day was like a different.” 


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John and Michelle Hindsman. Donated photograph


“You get a broad legal education and learning and study how to be part of a staff. I do not have a dilemma expressing my opinion, but in a command structure, you have to say it in a respectful way. And, in the end, I know it is only my viewpoint and guidance.”

Welch claimed Hindsman’s encounter as a army lawyer gains the office. He and Assistant District Legal professional Kimberly Harris, a Cherokee County native and veteran of the U.S. Military, add depth to her team’s legal abilities, she explained, many thanks to military services assistance.

Harris served four yrs on active duty as an intelligence analyst with Second Stryker Brigade.

Hindsman has a relatives historical past of army assistance: his father is a U.S. Navy veteran who undertook two tours in Vietnam. His uncle served in the Air Force.

“John cares deeply about giving back, and serving in the navy is just 1 way he does that,” Welch said. “I’m happy — our full workers is very pleased — of his support. He puts a big sum of time and energy into the two his assistant district legal professional function and his military services function.” 

Recruited by the Military and U.S. Maritime Corps though in significant college, Hindsman elected as a substitute to show up at Appalachian State University in Boone. He quickly discovered himself in ROTC, his very first phase to getting a judge advocate. 

Hindsman retains two bachelor levels, one in prison justice and the other in political science, as well as two minors, 1 in company administration and the other in navy leadership. Following college or university, Hindsman joined the Military as a signal corps officer, commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. He was granted an instructional hold off to go to law faculty and selected Campbell University. 

He was recommissioned in 2009 as a choose advocate. The JAG Corps usually selects only 10 to 20 percent of civilian candidates and junior officer candidates each and every calendar year, according to information compiled by the Army. 

During his yrs of service, Hindsman has labored in a wide variety of roles for the army, including serving to assistance customers with wills, powers of legal professional, notarizations, cash flow tax planning and landlord/tenant challenges.

Now, Hindsman serves as choose advocate for the 1st Mission Support Command in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, and as operational regulation legal professional for 402d Civil Affairs Battalion. The battalion conducts civil affairs missions in Central and South The us with guidance from the 1st Mission Support Command. 

In his job as a judge advocate, Hindsman advises his battalion commander on operational legislation. JAGs are inspired to have a wide range of experience, and in the span of his military profession, Hindsman has labored in civil, maritime and worldwide regulation and served on the Rule of Regulation staff for building international locations.

“I have a pretty robust belief in public company, as do my moms and dads,” Hindsman stated. “When property, as a senior assistant district legal professional, I provide the local community I are living in and the men and women I grew up with. When away, I’m very pleased to provide my country.”

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