Deputy General Counsel - Operations & Personnel

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Stephanie Barna was appointed in the Senior Executive Service in June 2007 as the Deputy General Counsel (Operations and Personnel) in the Office of the Army General Counsel. Ms. Barna manages a diverse legal portfolio, leading a staff of senior attorneys working in specialized areas of law, to include: military operations and personnel, civilian personnel and labor law, international law, criminal law, litigation, intelligence law, information law, administrative law; and the organization and functions of the Department of the Army as an Executive Branch agency. Ms. Barna provides expert legal advice to the Secretary of the Army, the General Counsel of the Army, and other senior departmental officials in the formulation, interpretation, and implementation of Army policies, procedures, and programs in the operations and personnel arena. On behalf of the General Counsel, Ms. Barna exercises primary oversight of sensitive criminal, intelligence, administrative, and senior official investigations; acts for the Secretary of the Army on appeals from denials of information requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; and provides legal oversight of the District of Columbia National Guard.

Career Chronology

  • 2006 – Present: Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Office of the Judge Advocate, U.S. European Command and Adjunct Professor, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (since 2004)
  • August 2003 – June 2007: Associate Deputy General Counsel (Operations and Personnel) and Acting Deputy General Counsel, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC
  • 2001 – 2003: Assistant to the General Counsel, Office of the Army General Counsel, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC
  • 1998 – 2000: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
  • 1997 – 1998: Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC
  • 1996 – 1997: General Law Attorney, Administrative Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC
  • 1993 – 1996: Chief of Military Justice and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 7th Infantry Division (Light) and Fort Ord and the Defense Language Institute, Monterrey, CA
  • 1990 – 1993: Administrative Law Attorney, Chief of Legal Assistance, and Trial Counsel, U.S. Army Engineer Center and Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • 1989 – 1990: Legal Assistance and Contract Law Attorney, Presidio of San Francisco, CA


  • LL.M., The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army, 1998
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Washington and Jefferson College, 1985


  • U.S. Army Jumpmaster

Significant Training

  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2001

Awards and Honors

  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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