Captain David C. Iglesias, prosecutor and spokesman with the Office of Military Commissions in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address at the WNMU spring commencement ceremony on Friday.
Iglesias is a retired member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). He was mobilized back into active duty status in 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2011, he supervised the U.S. v. Noor Uthman terrorism case, one of only seven completed war crimes cases since the September 11 attacks.
Born in Panama, Iglesias graduated from public high school in Santa Fe, NM, from Wheaton College in 1980 and from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1984.
Iglesias initially served on active duty as a U.S. Navy JAG officer between 1985 and 1988 at the Pentagon and Naval Legal Service Office. He was a defense counsel in a 1986 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, court-martial thatpartially inspired the movie A Few Good Men.
Iglesias was selected as a White House Fellow in 1994. He was a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, served as a prosecutor with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, was General Counsel for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, worked for the Walz & Associates Law Firm and an international consulting company, Booz Allen Hamilton. Iglesias was named as an honoree in Esquire Magazine’s 2009 “Best and Brightest” issue. That same year the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association recognized him for “Honorable and Professional” conduct.
After serving on active duty in 1999 in support of Operation Southern Watch, Iglesias was selected as Reserve Officer of the Year, U.S. Special Operations Command in 2001. His personal military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
The spring commencement ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at Old James Stadium. It can be viewed live at http://www.wnmu.edu/commencement.