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Rochester, Washington, 98579, United States
February 02, 2018

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Gabriel David Avalos

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Yelm, WA 98597


Cell: 253-***-****

Career Overall: Served twenty years in the US Army as a Paralegal. Stationed at several US facilities; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Iraq; Kuwait; Bosnia; and Afghanistan. Served with 8 different Combat units during wartime. Accomplished missions as a senior paralegal supporting senior leaders and Staff Judge Advocates in research, records management and legal case development. Train and supervise junior paralegals and new attorneys.

Work Experience:

8/2016 - 9/2017 Fort Bliss Texas and Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.

Duties: Served as Senior Paralegal for Special Military Courts supporting world-wide deployments. Provided legal support for over 3500 soldiers. Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Judge Advocate and Trial counsel. Supervised, trained and mentored 4 – 30 staff.


Supervised over 125 adverse administrative/military legal cases resulting in timely adjudication.

Subject matter expertise resulted in reduced processing times.

Unit recognized for completeness and accuracy of the Military Justice online database.

Recognized for developing junior staff to work independently.

Developed extensive training program for paralegals and newly commissioned Attorneys in military legal systems recognized by senior leadership.

Trained over 2,000 personnel in areas of escalation of force, human rights and legal operations.

Maintained 100% accountability and maintenance of equipment valued over $20,000.

Organized and trained safety programs resulting in zero deficiencies and zero accidents

Assisted in advising all Commanders in Misdemeanor and Capital crimes that covers over 4,000 personnel.

Achievements recognized by senior leadership and recommended for promotion.

01/2013 - 5/2014 HSC Camp Red Cloud, Korea

Duties: Served as Senior Paralegal in the 2nd Infantry Division supporting over 72 personnel. Responsible for receiving, processing and tracking all personnel actions for four different installations. Supervised 2 paralegals and 3 Korean National Soldiers.


Managed the Information Management Operations with over 60 automation systems valued at over $250,000 without a lost day of work.

Processed over 150 personnel actions in one of the Army’s highest rotational staff that has rapid turnover with efficiency and results.

Coached subordinate soldier, resulting in soldier’s selection of the Paralegal of the Quarter.

Improved security program within the unit resulting in passing two separate inspections.

Managed supplies and equipment valued at over $20,000 without any losses.

Ensured 100% of property accountability valued at over $48,200.

01/06/2011 - 01/2013 Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington

Duties: Served as Senior Paralegal for Special Forces Battalion. Advised the Battalion Commander and four Company Commanders in procedural military Justice and Administrative Law. Supported Battalion Judge Advocate in legal operations, preparing all Uniform Court Martial and administrative separations.


Selected above 5 other senior paralegals to support Special Forces Group (Airborne) during a critical combat deployment supporting Enduring Freedom mission.

Executed over 4,000 critical legal actions under strenuous conditions before and during deployment to combat zones resulting in units overall effectiveness and success.

As a result of high level of competence, selected to conduct inspections of other legal offices.

Supported unit’s readiness by providing timely and accurate advice to senior leadership.

Implemented efficient military justice and administrative law programs.

Maintained 100% accountability of property valued at over $100,000.

06/01/1210 – 01/05//2011 Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington

Duties: Served as Senior Paralegal for largest Criminal Investigation Division in the US Army. Performed legal research on criminal, administrative, fiscal and legal cases. Supported the Group Judge Advocate.


Revised weekly reports to ensure standardization for all USA Criminal Investigation Division Legal offices.

Received accolades for sensitive legal briefings provided to the Commander, Deputy Commander and Command Sergeant Major.

Motivated subordinates to achieve higher performance standards leading to unit readiness.

Coached and trained subordinates and senior leadership on Code of Conduct, Law of Armed Conflict and the Geneva Convention that resulted in unit readiness for combat deployments.

Continually sought opportunities for assuming greater responsibility to support missions.

Established training programs to ensure unit’s readiness for deployment to combat zones.

06/05/2009 – 05/25/2010 Military Police Battalion/Military Police Group, Baghdad, Iraq

Duties: Provided legal and administrative support to unit commanders, staff and coordinated legal actions. Prepared and processed legal documents in support of court martials, non-judicial punishment, liability claims processing and investigations. Maintained law and administrative library, files and records.


Developed documents to support Trial Counsel; committed over 20 hours weekly.

Established pre-deployment training scenarios using prior combat deployment experiences.

Developed new efficient mail procedure for a dispersed Headquarters in two combat theaters.

Maintained flexibility to support forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Selected to transfer to Afghanistan to resolve a backlog in disciplinary actions reports and repair a deficient report tracking system. Surpassed the desires goals.

Awarded the Army Achievement Medal for tireless actions in support of establishment of the Criminal Investigation Division Battalion Headquarters in Afghanistan.

Achieved a zero accident, incident or injury during training and deployment.

Maintained 100% accountability for over 2,000 pieces of registered mail, which included over 5,000 items of mission critical forensic evidence.

06/29/1997 - 05/25/2010.

Various assignments to include Natick, Massachusetts; Fort Hood, Texas; SHAPE, Belgium; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Bosnia; Iraq; Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Duties: Paralegal support to units in the US; SHAPE, Belgium; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Bosnia; Iraq; Kuwait and Afghanistan. Responsible for payment of military damages to local nationals; established protocols, processes, documentation, and supported the Staff Judge Advocate assigned to the units.


Established a new battalion legal office and integrated legal assistance for unit that led to improved legal processing timeliness by 90%.

Efforts led to the Legal Office achieving the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence.

Selected over senior trainers to provide technical and tactical field training and instructions. Drafted Joint Legal military justice briefs for 21 senior leaders.

Flawless transition of the Battalion’s legal services to and from combat zones.

Processed and accounted for over $100,000 worth of claims paid to Iraqis nationals.

Co-wrote the Summary Courts-Martial Confinement procedure that was adopted as the standard.

Awards: Joint Service Commendation Medal x2; Army Commendation Medal x 10; Army Achievement Medal x7; Army Unit Superior Award x2; Army Good Conduct Medal x6; National Defense Service Ribbon; Afghanistan Campaign Medal x4; Iraq Campaign Medal x2; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War On Terrorism Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon x2; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon x4; NATO Medal x2; Combat Action Badge.


Sumner High School- Graduated 1996, Sumner, WA

Basic Leadership Course- June 1999

Law for Paralegal Course- October 2001

Advanced Leadership Course- March 2011

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