Commander J. Trent Warner assumed the duties of Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, in June 2018. His prior assignment was Chief of the Legal Engagements Division, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked to advance AFRICOM’s Theater Strategy through sustained legal capacity building activities with African military legal professionals and commanders to promote the rule of law.
Prior to AFRICOM, he served as the Deputy Chief of Response Law Division (RLD), Office of Maritime and International Law (CG-0941), Coast Guard (CG) Headquarters where he served as the principle legal advisor to the search and rescue program, a member of the DHS legal Crisis Management Cell, and coordinated RLD review and response to new and pending legislation and CG initiatives. He also served as a duty attorney, providing real-time domestic and international legal and policy advice on maritime law enforcement and CG defense operations.
His other past assignments include: 2009 – 2011, CG Detailee and Liaison Officer, U.S. State Department., Ocean and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; 2007 – 2009; Advanced Operational Law Studies Fellow, Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO), Army JAG School, (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville, VA, receiving his LL.M., in Military Law with a specialty in Int’l and Operational Law and served for 3 1/2 months as an operational Law Attorney at MNF-I, Camp Victory, Iraq; 2003 – 2007, staff attorney, MLCPAC Legal Division in the Command & Operational Law Branch and Military Justice Section, Alameda, CA.
CDR Warner graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors BA in Russian, Cum Laude – 1998. He completed a semester at St. Petersburg State University, Russia – 1997. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA – 2002. He is also an active member of the Utah State Bar. Prior to joining the CG, CDR Warner was the 1995-1996 Fascell Fellow, U.S. State Department, serving 15 months in the Foreign Service as a Consular Associate, U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria, performing citizen services and adjudicating immigration and nonimmigration visas.
Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal
(3), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the CG Commendation Medal, the CG Achievement Medal,
the CCG Letter of Commendation Ribbon, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Service
Medal; State Department awards include the Superior Honor Award and the Meritorious Honor