USAF Colonel Tonya Hagmaier Named 2014 Rosenberg Honoree
March 7, 2014
The D.C. Bar has named Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force, as the 2014 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her contributions to the legal profession and her dedication to public service.
Hagmaier will be honored at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 17 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.
“I was very excited and very stunned,” said Hagmaier upon learning that she was being honored. “I am just so honored. For me, what I do is what I do, I don’t set out to do something amazing. I’m just doing my job and my people are amazing and I support what they do.”
The Rosenberg Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional judgment throughout long-term government careers, worked intentionally to share their expertise as mentors to younger government lawyers, and devoted significant personal energies to public or community service.
Hagmaier has been on active duty with the Air Force since October 1986 and has had 15 duty assignments in the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. She was the first woman to serve as director of the JAG Corps’ Professional Development Directorate and as commandant of the Judge Advocate General’s School. She also is the first person in the JAG Corps to serve as director of both the Air Force Judiciary and the Civil Law and Litigation.
Hagmaier served as senior legal advisor of the Air Force inspector general’s senior official investigations branch and was the staff judge advocate for the four-star commander of the Pacific Air Forces.
In her current position, she directs the activities of three divisions with offices at 35 locations, representing and defending the United States and the Air Force in all civil litigation except contracts. She supervises more than 300 active duty, civilian, and reserve attorneys, paralegals, and administration personnel.
Hagmaier is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University and the University of Alabama School of Law. She was named the 2000 Andersen AFB Federal Woman of the Year, the 2002 Pacific Air Force’s Senior Attorney of the Year, the 2009 Air Force Legal Operations Agency’s Senior Attorney of the Year, and the 2010 Outstanding Senior Attorney of the Year (Stuart R. Reichart Award).