Whitley Co. judge deploying to GITMO

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) – Whitley County Superior Court Judge Douglas Fahl will deploy to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to support the Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Fahl was elected to the Superior Court in 2010 and is running unopposed in the May Primary for the same seat.

Whitley County Superior Court Judge Douglas Fahl.

Fahl is a Major in the Indiana Army National Guard JAG Corps. He will serve on the litigation support team which is responsible for prosecuting the detainees and responding to requests for release from detention.

“There’s a tremendous amount of political pressure to release the detainees,” Fahl said in an emailed statement. “GITMO has been described to me as the tip of the spear for legal warfare.” “I’ve seen what these guys are capable of doing on the battlefield. It’s always difficult to leave my family for a deployment, but I am honored to be chosen to use my legal skills to make sure these dangerous men don’t return to the battlefield to kill American soldiers or innocent civilians.”

Fahl said his initial deployment and training is expected around early July, but that is subject to change. He would return in June 2017.

In 1990 Fahl joined the U.S. Army Reserve and Indiana Army National Guard. He has served as a Team Leader and Squad Leader for Bravo Company of the 1/293rd Infantry Regiment in Fort Wayne. He was commissioned as an Officer in the JAG Corps in 2004.

Previously, Fahl was deployed to Iraq in 2008 with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team where he earned a Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.

The Indiana Supreme Court will appoint a Judge Pro-Tem to serve the Whitley County Superior Court in Fahl’s absence.

A Columbia City native, Fahl lives there with his wife and four children.

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