Air Force Brigadier General to Receive Creighton University Alumni Merit Award
The Creighton University School of Law will honor Brig. Gen. David G. Ehrhart, J.D., with the Alumni Merit Award on Sept. 29, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Omaha.
Raised in Omaha, Ehrhart graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975 and Creighton’s School of Law in 1981. He then joined the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), which is charged with the provision of legal services to the Air Force, including the defense and prosecution of military law under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. That career choice has taken him to courtrooms, military bases and war zones throughout the world.
As Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, he is the principal legal adviser to the AFMC commander and staff. Ehrhart is responsible for all legal services provided to approximately 80,000 people. He oversees more than 330 attorneys and nearly 200 paralegals at 22 field legal offices. His responsibilities include all Air Force litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, currently having a case value approaching $1 billion.
“When you practice law, you learn the code of professional responsibility. Lawyers are there to serve others, and Creighton was all about service to others. My experience at Creighton matched what became the Air Force core values in the mid-‘90s: integrity first; service before self; and excellence in all we do,” Ehrhart said.
Prior to his latest assignment, Ehrhart was the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations at the Pentagon. In addition to overseeing a variety of military justice, operational, international and civil law functions, he provided legal advice to the Chief of Staff, the Secretary of the Air Force, and Air Force commanders and agencies worldwide. Before that, he was Commander of the Air Force Legal Service Agency (AFLSA).
“I love practicing law in the Air Force,” Ehrhart said. “I have a ‘client’ who always wants me to do the right thing. That makes it a joy. My commanders expect me to tell them when something is going wrong. It makes practicing law in the Air Force a great experience.”