Fred K. Green
Fred K. Green retired as Director of International Summer Programs at the School of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2003. He joined the Law School staff as Director of Continuing Legal Education in the summer of 1994 following 31 years of federal service.
Mr. Green retired in the rank of Colonel from the US Army after 29 years of active duty and was appointed Department of Defense Special Counsel for POW/MIA Affairs and subsequently became Legal Counsel, Defense POW/MIA Office. Prior to his civilian service, Colonel Green was Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from January 1989 through June 1992. As such, he was the primary legal advisor to the Chairman, and supervised the Office of Legal Counsel that provided legal support to the Joint Staff. He was the Chairman's legal representative in the interagency policy making process and a participant in the War Powers group of senior attorneys in the Executive Branch during numerous contingency operations including JUST CAUSE (Panama) and DESERT STORM (Persian Gulf war).
Born in 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Green attended Leavenworth High School, the Virginia Military Institute, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas. He received his Regular Army commission in the Military Police Corps as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and entered service in 1963 at Fort Riley, Kansas. He subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law while participating in the Judge Advocate General's Excess Leave Program. Mr. Green is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Kansas, the military appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Military assignments include duty as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam; Staff Judge Advocate, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Germany; and Staff Judge Advocate/General Counsel, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Other assignments within the Army include staff officer, International Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate, Headquarters, U. S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; International Law Team Chief, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army; and Chief, International Law Division and Deputy Director, Academic Department, The Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mr. Green also served as Deputy Director for Legislation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower and Reserve Affairs from 1972 to 1975, and Director of Legal Policy for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Force Management and Personnel from 1986-1989, immediately prior to his assignment as Counsel to the Chairman.
Awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Parachute Badge, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Civilian Career Service Award.
Since retirement Fred has remained active as a public speaker on national security and international law issues, served on a variety of boards as pro bono counsel for religious and veterans organizations and is president and chairman of the Housing Corporation of his undergraduate fraternity. He also holds an appointment as Ombudsman for a Missouri corporation engaged in government contracting. Fred and his wife, Jane K. Windbigler, have three adult children and recently celebrated their 44th Anniversary.