George Brauchler, Colorado's 18th Judicial District attorney, now has another distinction to add to his lengthy résumé: the Colorado National Guard's first military judge.
Brauchler, a guard colonel, was certified to serve as a military judge after successfully completing the 62nd Military Judges Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, his office said Monday.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve my country and the citizens of Colorado, here and abroad, in uniform for my adult life,” Brauchler said in the statement.
“I am humbled to be selected as a military judge to ensure that those in service are afforded due process when accused of criminal behavior.”
Last year the legislature updated the state's Code of Military Justice to provide for courts marital authority, necessitating the creation of a military judgeship.
Brauchler also has been selected for Army War College, the statement added.
The graduate-level educational institution prepares senior military and civilian leaders "for service at the strategic level in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational national security community," according to its website.