Last Wednesday, Cully Stimson appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing to be the next General Counsel of the Department of the U.S. Navy.

Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Manager of the National Security Law Program, and currently the Chief of Staff for Dr. Ed Feulner. A widely recognized expert in national security, homeland security, crime control, drug policy, and immigration, Stimson is regarded as highly qualified for this position. His wealth of experience also notably includes serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs under President George W. Bush, and over two decades of service in the Navy, where he served three tours on active duty as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and in the reserves where he holds the rank of Captain.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced Stimson, his friend and former Navy shipmate, at the hearing. Giving Stimson high praise, Zinke said:

Cully Stimson is the epitome of professionalism. He has superb judgment and above all demonstrates a commitment to excellence…I can find no better person to represent the Navy’s interests as General Counsel.

The General Counsel of Navy is is the chief legal officer of the Department of the Navy and is the head of the Office of the General Counsel, the second largest civilian law firm in the federal government.

In his opening statement, Stimson explained the experience he brings to this position:

The national security challenges to our nation span the globe. From non-state actors to rogue states, the threats to our country and our allies are ever-present, ever-changing, and more complex than ever. That holds true for the legal challenges facing the Department of the Navy as it navigates the world of today. Confronting these challenges has been my life’s work. Everything that I have done in my professional life as a prosecutor, national security analyst, strategist, businessman, and military judge has been preparation for this role.

The next step is for the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote to confirm the nomination.

Please join me in congratulating Cully on his nomination as General Counsel to the Department of the U.S. Navy. 

Comments (38)

Harley Hunter - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your new position. Please make every effort to stop the continual social engineering of our armed services MUCH to their detriment!!

Don - July 15, 2017

Thank you for your many years of dedicated military and government service.
For you, your family, and new Team:
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)

Jan Woodland - July 15, 2017

Congratulations Mr Hunter! May the Lord
Bless, guide and protect you as you
Serve our great nation!

Mike Steffen - July 15, 2017

Congrats on your appointment. You’ll do great things.

Christian D. Orr - July 15, 2017

Congrats, Cully, from a former Heritage intern, current Heritage Leaders Club member, and fellow commissioned officer (USAF 1999-2006), HOOYAH!

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - July 15, 2017

Congratulations and best wishes in your new office.

Patricia Leonard - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your appointment. Am currently reading “God less America” so am even more aware on issues regarding the military. May God grant you wisdom and strength to perform your duties with great integrity.

John Tirrell - July 15, 2017

My wife and I wish you great success in your new office. Congratulations!

Barbara Poulson - July 15, 2017

Congratulations. I am proud of President Trump for recognizing your many talents.

Betty Jo simone - July 15, 2017

Congratulations! I will be waiting for the confirmation and am looking forward to your decisions. Have faith.

William J Nevins - July 15, 2017

I am so proud of our Presidents appointments. May your success make us safer. Congratulations and God Bless you Sir.

Kenneth J Wold - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your appointment.

Nancy Beutel - July 15, 2017

Congratulations!! You seem perfect for such an important job, with a wealth of professional interests and experience to back you up in every challenge! Thank you for serving not only our Navy but as an inspiration to our entire nation during this period when we need “all hands on deck” in every situation.

Colonel, USAF (Ret) Dean F Vikan - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your appointment.

Roselyn Drew - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your appointment

Diane Henning - July 15, 2017

Congratulations. God help you in the work you have before you. Wish you great success in your new position.

a haas - July 15, 2017

Congratulations! I pray God will be with you in your new position, and God Bless America and you!

Carl /Mary Miller - July 15, 2017

Congratulations. We are a Navy family: hubby 24 yrs USNR AO1/ Airdale; his Father -WWII & baby brother a Viet Na Time frame; another brother Army in country – Viet Nam. Thank you for your service and now to the county. Really nice to have you aboard The Trump ship.

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - July 15, 2017


Charles A. Castle - July 15, 2017

As a retired Naval officer, I applaud your dedication to the Navy, and I am confident you will do an excellent job. Bravo Zulu.

G. ALLAN BARNES - July 15, 2017

Congratulations on your appointment. I hope you will make it easier for personnel to do their jobs when they encounter obstruction in their duties. Fortunately, I had good leaders who let us do our jobs as best as we could when I was in the Navy almost 50 years ago. Unfortunately, I see political correctness as the biggest problem facing the Navy in doing its job.

Robert Hammons - July 15, 2017

God speed and watch over you!!

Milton Christopher - July 15, 2017

Congratulations and God bless you as you begin your new job. We will be praying for you as you begin your new job and challenge for God.

Soteria Allen - July 15, 2017

Thank you, Mr Cully Stimson, for serving God and man with a life so beautifully dedicated to giving of yourself, as you have done thus far!
A beautiful and very encouraging example to us all!
I TRUST GOD will continue to open doors and get you into the influential positions where He needs you to be!
Including His bringing about the Senate Armed Services Committee’s confirmation for the position of our next General Counsel of the Department of the U.S. Navy.
I thank you and your family for how you’ve served us over the years!
And for the MUCH MORE, by God’s wonderful grace, to come!!
Thank you, Cully!!
Love, Soteria Allen (& Jesus!)

William P. Olivito - July 15, 2017

Your background makes you eminently qualified to perform the office of General Counsel. Good luck in the performance of your of your duties and may you be blessed by the hand of Divine Providence
in all that you do

Jim Gross - July 15, 2017

It is positively oxygenating to see yet another appointee to a legal position not in the Eric Holder mould (oops)! All the best.

Carol Harris - July 15, 2017

it is always great to hear about a person who has shown outstanding abilities be rewarded for them.

Frank Allison - July 16, 2017

Congrats on your appointment your work for country is great!!!!!!!!!!

Duane - July 16, 2017

Congratulations Mr. Stimson. Our
country needs all men of your cre-
dentials to step up to the task.

John L. Hummer - July 16, 2017

May God bless you in your service to our country.

Frank Sweigart - July 16, 2017

Please accept my sincerest congratulations, sir! I
Praying your Senate Confirmation goes smoothly! I couldn’t be happier for you and for our United States Navy (and NCIS Team). God’s Blessings, today and always, Frank Sweigart

Yvonne Mcgeachy - July 16, 2017

Mr Stimson, Congratulations on your appointment! Heritage continues to provide great candidates.

Rosecleia Coura - July 17, 2017

Mr. Stimson, I am absolutely sure you will do a great job regarding the military, specially after an impostor and terrorist named President for a terrible 8 years, tried to weekend the military and indoctrination toward Islam.

John Boland - July 17, 2017

Good luck

DIANNE MACKEY - July 17, 2017

It is rewarding to see Trump pick another conservative. Our public schools are producing too many leftist students,even in my small town, encouraging everyone to get free lunch!! & free breakfast ( Government is making it too easy). This is where it starts. I was part of the ruling group for awhile, but the leaders hired by school system worked behind the scenes to defeat me, because I wanted to stop the tax & spend mentality.

Caroline Woodis - July 18, 2017

Congratulations on your nomination. I can see no reason for you not to get final approval from the Senate Armed Services as you are very well qualified to perform your duties. May God give you wisdom, strength and resolve to do what you know is best for the good of the navy and for our country. God knows we need some changes made. May He open the doors for you to make those needed changes.

david richardson - July 20, 2017

Go Cully, GO!

will stimson - May 21, 2018

ya daddy

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