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Federal official , Military officer

Bruce Edward MacDonald, American federal official, retired military officer. Bar: California, United States District Court (southern district California). Decorated Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Defense Meritorious Service medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star.


MacDonald, Bruce Edward was born in 1956 in Cincinnati.


Bachelor in English, College Holy Cross, 1978. Juris Doctor, California Western School Law, 1987. Master of Laws, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992.


Advanced through grades to vice admiral United States Navy. Main propulsion assistant, navigator United States Ship Hepburn, 1979. Intermediate combat system team training and advanced multi-threat team course director Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific.

Senior defense counsel, trial counsel, medical care recovery act claims officer Naval Legal Service Office, San Diego, 1987—1990. Command judge advisory United States Ship Independence, 1990—1992. Chief operational law division United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1992—1994.

Staff judge advisory United States Naval Forces, Republic of Korea, 1992—1994. Executive officer Naval Legal Service Office Northwest, 1994—1996, Commander, 1999—2002. Officer in charge Trial Service Office West Detachment Bremerton, 1996—1997.

Fleet judge advisory Commander 7th Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan, 1997—1999. Special counsel to chief of naval operations United States Navy, 2002—2004. Commander Naval Legal Service Command, 2004—2006.

Deputy Judge Advocate General United States Navy, 2004—2006, Judge Advocate General, 2006—2009. Convening authority for military commissions United States Department Defense, since 2010.


  • Bar: California, United States District Court (southern district California).