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Georgia Military College Alumnus Bobby Christine Promoted to Major General in U.S. Army National Guard

Georgia Military College Alumnus Bobby Christine Promoted to Major General in U.S. Army National Guard

Georgia Military College Alumnus and Columbia County Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney, Bobby Christine, has been promoted to the prestigious rank of Major General (MG) in the U.S. Army National Guard. Major General Christine was nominated for this promotion by the President of the United States, confirmed by the United States Senate, and by order of the Secretary of the Army was promoted effective 1 February 2024. With this promotion MG Christine became the first reserve component officer in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps to achieve this rank since the JAG Corps’ inception in 1775.

MG Christine’s journey to this historic promotion is marked by a lifetime of service and dedication.  He would attend and graduate from Georgia Military College where he was also commissioned as a 2d Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.  MG Christine would later transition to become a military lawyer in the late 1990s. He has since continued serving in positions of increased responsibility, accompanied with promotions in rank.  His duties included advising battlefield commanders on rules of engagement to prosecuting and defending soldiers at trial.

MG Christine’s expertise and leadership have been widely recognized with distinguished service that includes being heavily involved in the legal aspects of cyber operations and prosecuting one of the first courts-martial tired in Iraq in 2003. He has served as the senior lawyer in the Georgia National Guard and was selected for promotion to what was then the only Brigadier General slot for a JAG in the U.S. Army National Guard. With service at the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., MG Christine has been instrumental in coordinating the efforts of thousands of judge advocate officers, warrant officers, and paralegal noncommissioned officers across America and its territories.

MG Christine’s remarkable career extends beyond the military realm. A graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, the University of Georgia, and a co-valedictorian and Distinguished Military Graduate of Georgia Military College, MG Christine held the positions of United States Attorney for both the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia, where he led hundreds of employees in prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes.

Among his numerous military awards and citations are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the parachutist badge. He was previously recognized as Army Career Judge Advocate of the Year and Georgia Military College’s Distinguished Alumnus.

The President of Georgia Military College, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, USA (Ret), remarked, “Major General Christine’s promotion is a testament to his exceptional leadership, unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence, and outstanding service to our nation. As an alumnus of Georgia Military College, he embodies our core values of Duty, Honor, Country and Character Above All.  We are immensely proud of his accomplishments and congratulate him and his family on this well-deserved achievement.”

Reflecting on his promotion, MG Christine expressed gratitude for the support of his family and the opportunities afforded to him throughout his career. “The opportunity to serve and support the soldiers doing heavy lifting every day on behalf of America is a blessing to me, but sacrifice to my family. Nobody says ‘Thank you for your service’ to my wife at the gas station. And I’ve been away on duty when my children would have preferred me being at their side during important life events. My family members are the strong teammates who make my service possible.”

Georgia Military College congratulates Major General Christine on this outstanding achievement and commends him on his service to the United States of America.