Jeffrey P. Luster, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy General Counsel for Installations, Energy and Environment, Office of the Air Force General Counsel, Washington D.C. He leads the Installations, Energy and Environmental Law Division, which provides legal advice, counsel and representation for virtually all matters related to Air Force installations and the environment. The division also advises the Center of Excellence for Environment, Facilities and Installations and the Energy Directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.
Prior to his Air Force civilian career, Luster was a member of the Navy Office of the General Counsel since 2012, most recently serving as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Energy, Installations and Environment. Luster served on active duty as a U.S. Navy judge advocate from 1988 until his retirement with the rank of captain in 2012. At the time of his retirement, he was detailed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality as an Ocean Policy Advisor to the National Ocean Council. Former key positions include Counsel, Joint Guam Program Office; Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General for Environmental Law; Senior Counsel for Fleet and Operational Environmental Law and Senior Environmental Counsel, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Earlier assignments included service as an Environmental Trial Attorney in the Naval Litigation Office and the Command Judge Advocate on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON.
1984 Bachelor of Science, Political Science, summa cum laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
1987 Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque
2000 Master of Laws, International Environmental Law, George Washington University School of Law, Washington D.C.
1. September 1988 - May 1991, Senior Defense Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
2. May 1991 - June 1994, Head, Procedure Division, Naval Justice School, Newport, R.I.
3. June 1994 - July 1996, Command Judge Advocate, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)
4. July 1996 - August 1998, Detailer and New Accessions Officer, Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C.
5. August 1998 - June 1999, Student, Navy JAG Corps Post-Graduate Legal Education Program, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.
6. June 1999 - July 2001, Environmental Trial Attorney, Naval Litigation Office, Washington Navy Yard, D.C.
7. July 2001 - January 2004, Senior Environmental Counsel, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
8. January 2004 - May 2010, Navy Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Environmental Law), Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C.
9. January 2004 - October 2008, Senior Counsel (Fleet and Operational Environmental Law), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) (concurrent assignment), Washington, D.C.
10. May 2010 - July 2012, Ocean Policy Advisor, National Ocean Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.
11. September 2012 - June 2014, Counsel, Joint Guam Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), Washington, D.C.
12. June 2014 - May 2018, Navy Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment), Washington, D.C.
13. April - May 2018, Navy Acting Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment), Washington, D.C.
14. May 2018 - present, Deputy General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment), Office of the General Counsel of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two gold stars
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Special Act Award
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration General Counsel’s Award
Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Richard W. Eddy Award for Outstanding Environmental Litigation Support, Naval Litigation Office
New York City Bar Association’s Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of New Mexico
Phi Beta Kappa
(Current as of July 2018)