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 Regional Defense Counsel - Western Region


In June 2013, LtCol Plummer reported to the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization and is currently the Regional Defense Counsel for the Western Region.

LtCol Plummer was born in Portland, Maine.  He served five years enlisted in the Marine Corps from August 1988 to August 1993, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  After leaving the Marine Corps in 1993, he attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1995.  In 1998, he graduated from Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, New Hampshire and was awarded with a Juris Doctorates (JD) degree.

Following The Basic School and Naval Justice School, in October 1999, LtCol Plummer reported to 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan for his first assignment as a Judge Advocate.  From October 1999 to June 2002, LtCol Plummer served in three separate billets.  He served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG), as a trial counsel and as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Camp Hansen detachment, and as a defense counsel at Camp Foster.

In July 2002, LtCol Plummer reported to the Navy Regional Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia, Detachment Rota, Spain, where he served as the OIC until July 2005.  While serving with the Regional Legal Service Office, LtCol Plummer was deployed twice to the Balkans. The first was in November 2002, where he served 4 months as the Legal Advisor for the NATO Headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia. The second was to Pristine, Kosovo, in 2004 where he assisted the Department of Justice and the United Nations working on War Crimes cases.

In August 2005, LtCol Plummer reported to Camp Pendleton, California for duty with 1st Marine Logistics Group where he was assigned as a defense counsel at Legal Service Support Team (LSST) Echo.  In February of 2006, he was reassigned as a trial counsel at LSST Echo until August 2006 when he deployed as a Battalion Judge Advocate with 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment to Fallujah, Iraq.  Upon his return from Iraq in April of 2007, he was assigned as the OIC of LSST Delta.

In June 2008, LtCol Plummer transferred from 1st Marine Logistics Group to MCB Camp Pendleton where he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for both MCB Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Installations West.

In August of 2009, LtCol Plummer reported to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and the Eastern Judicial Circuit and served as a Military Judge until July 2012.

In July 2012, LtCol Plummer was assigned as a student to the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia. While there, he was awarded an LLM in military law, with a criminal law focus, earning the additional MOS of 4409.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold service star in lieu of second award), the Navy Commendation Medal (two gold service stars in lieu of third award), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.  

LtCol Benjamin T. Ackison

Contact Information
Telephone: (760) 725-5146

Mailing Address:

15th Street, Building 1160, Suite 243
Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5200

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