PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Army Chief of Staff has awarded the Excellence Award in Legal Assistance for fiscal year 2009 to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey Staff Judge Advocate Office. Nominations were submitted from installations and commands throughout the Army, with approximately one in four offices being recognized.

The office received the prestigious designation due to its: quality of legal assistance provided to service members, their family members, and other eligible clients; innovations to provide better assistance at the installation; deployment preparation and for assisting deployed forces; and the quality of preventive law efforts and publications.

According to John Meixell, the Army's Chief of the Legal Assistance Policy Division, "The selection rate for winners in this year's competition reflects a careful evaluation of the applications, recognizing only those offices that were truly exceptional."

The Staff Judge Advocate Legal Assistance Office is located at building 275 and the phone number is 242-5084.