MARINE CORPS AIR STATIO CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Sgt. Daniel Rhodes is a legal services specialist with the Cherry Point legal services support team.
Job Title: Administrative Specialist
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
Hometown: Riverside Calif.,
Date Joined: Aug. 15, 2006
Rhodes’ mission is to file all wills and powers of attorney cases for Marines deploying, changing duty stations and all large force exercises, but with a short staff, many legal specialists take on additional roles to help the military attorneys.
“There isn’t anything particular that I like or dislike from this job, but I make it a point to stay positive,” said Rhodes. “If I’m not positive then neither are the people I work with.”
Rhodes said through his time working for legal services and progressing through his Marine Corps career that his attitude is a foremost matter in the legal field. If the client’s attitude is bad, it makes all aspects of the job more difficult.
“I base the way I work off of the book ‘A Message to Garcia,’” said Rhodes. “If someone needs something I’m the one they come to. I want to be the one who takes the extra step. If there’s a question, I want to be the one who finds the answer.”
Rhodes said as a way for clients to cut on the amount of time spent at legal to check the whiteboard outside of their office. On it contains a list of classes that covers topics from non-judicial punishment classes to setting up times to speak to an attorney.