Charles Dunlap

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Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.


Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1972-present
Rank Major General
Awards Legion of Merit

Major General Charles J. Dunlap Jr. is Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Dunlap assists the Judge Advocate General in the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 550 civilians assigned worldwide. In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international and civil law functions, General Dunlap provides legal advice to the Air Staff and commanders at all levels.

General Dunlap was commissioned through the ROTC program at St. Joseph's University in May 1972, and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1975. He has deployed to support various operations in the Middle East and Africa, including Provide Relief, Restore Hope, Vigilant Warrior, Desert Fox, Bright Star, and Enduring Freedom. He has led military-to-military delegations to Uruguay, the Czech Republic, South Africa and Colombia.

The general speaks widely on legal and national security issues, and he is published in Air and Space Power Journal, Peacekeeping & International Relations, Parameters, Proceedings, Military Review, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Air Force Times, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Air Force Law Review, the Tennessee Law Review, and the Strategic Review, among others. Prior to assuming his current position, General Dunlap served as the Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters Air Combat Command.

Dunlap wrote an essay in 1992 called The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012 in which he claims that the blurring of the military role of the armed forces into civilian missions might be dangerous to democracy and civilian government.



  • 1972 Bachelor of Arts degree, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Juris Doctor, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • 1984 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1989 Air War College, by correspondence
  • 1992 Distinguished graduate, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 1996 National Security Program, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York


  1. January 1976 - April 1977, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 2nd Combat Group, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  2. April 1977 - May 1978, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 51st Combat Group, Osan Air Base, South Korea
  3. May 1978 - December 1978, Chief, Civil Law Division, 20th Combat Group, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
  4. December 1978 - March 1980, Chief, Military Justice Division, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Upper Heyford, England
  5. March 1980 - July 1983, faculty member, Air Force Judge Advocate General School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  6. July 1983 - January 1984, Chief, Military Justice Division, Air Force Judge Advocate General School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  7. January 1984 - July 1984, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  8. July 1984 - July 1987, Staff Judge Advocate, 97th Bombardment Wing, Blytheville AFB, Arkansas
  9. July 1987 - June 1989, Circuit Military Judge, Air Force Legal Services Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
  10. June 1989 - August 1991, Chief, Personnel Action Law Branch, General Law Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  11. August 1991 - July 1992, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  12. July 1992 - January 1995, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
  13. January 1995 - July 1998, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  14. July 1998 - July 2000, Staff Judge Advocate, 9th Air Force, Shaw AFB, South Carolina
  15. July 2000 - February 2002, Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
  16. February 2002 - May 2006, Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
  17. May 2006 - present, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Major awards and decorations

  • Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Other achievements

  • 1984 Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year, Strategic Air Command
  • 1992 U.S. Air Force Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney
  • 1996 Thomas P. Keenan Award for international and operations law

Effective dates of promotion

  • Second Lieutenant May 14, 1972
  • First Lieutenant June 9, 1975
  • Captain Jan. 20, 1976
  • Major Jan. 1, 1983
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1988
  • Colonel Aug. 1, 1993
  • Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2002
  • Major General May 3, 2006

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