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In Memory

Robert Brittigan ('60) VIEW PROFILE


Saturday, February 26, 2005; Page B07


Robert L. Brittigan Sr. U.S. Senior Executive

Robert L. Brittigan Sr. , 62, who retired from the U.S. Senior Executive Service as former general counsel of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, died Feb. 4 of cancer at the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Mason Neck.

Col. Brittigan was chief legal officer for three Department of Defense agencies, providing both legal and policy advice. His last position was with the DTRA, a combat support agency established in 1998 by the Defense Department.

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He also provided legal counsel to the Defense Special Weapons Agency from 1996 to 1998, and the Defense Nuclear Agency from 1980 to 1996.

Col Brittigan helped in the formulation of federal radiation policy and served as executive secretary of the Committee on Interagency Radiation Research and Policy Coordination from 1986 to 1995.

Col. Brittigan achieved the status of Senior Executive in 1983. He retired in 2004 after 36 years of service in the federal government.

Robert Lee Brittigan was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated cum laude from Ohio State University. He also graduated summa cum laude with a law degree from OSU's College of Law. He also attended the Judge Advocate General Corps Advanced Class and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

From 1968 to 1970, he served as a Quartermaster Corps officer in the Army. His duties included working as automatic data processing system analyst at the Army Logistics Management Center at Fort Lee and in Vietnam.

He transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps and served in a number of legal positions. His positions included chief of military justice at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1972 and 1973 and action attorney in the litigation division of Office of the Judge Advocate General from 1976 to 1980.

As a member of the Army Reserve, he was recalled to active duty during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served as the chief of the Desert Storm Litigation Cell for the Judge Advocate General office. In 1993, he retired from the military with the rank of colonel.

Col. Brittigan's military decorations include a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal with one oak leaf cluster and an Army Commendation medal. His professional honors included the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.

A Washington area resident since 1976, Col. Brittigan had lived in Manassas and Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Brittigan of Mason Neck; two sons, Eric Clark Brittigan and Robert Lee Brittigan II, both of Manassas; and six grandchildren.


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