2020 Grand Marshal – Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr.
HOUSE CHAIR, JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY
FORMER MEMBER, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD
PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, NAUGHTON LAW OFFICE
A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995, Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (Hank) currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Hank, a Commissioned Officer in the US National Guard, is a Veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
In May, 2011, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Harold Naughton to the International Security Advisory Board (http://www.state.gov/t/avc/isab/index.htm). The Board, made up of 24 members, provides the Department with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, international security, security capacity and related aspects of public diplomacy. Harold Naughton was reappointed to the Board by Secretary Kerry in March of 2013. The Board provides its recommendations directly to the Secretary.
Hank was recently selected for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He volunteered for a tour of active duty, serving with Multi-National Force Iraq from September, 2005 until May, 2006. His work involved detainee operations with the Combined Review and Release Board and the Central Criminal Court of Iraq in Baghdad.
In 2011 and 2012, he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Based at Camp Nathan Smith, as Chief of Rule of Law Operations, he worked with Afghan judicial authorities, military and security forces, along with officials from the United Nations, the US Department of State, International Committee of the Red Cross and other entities in establishing a sustainable judicial and law enforcement system in the City of Kandahar and the Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Pakistan border.
On 31 October 2015, Hank returned from a 5 month tour of duty, based at CENTCOM Forward Headquarters, Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. Responsible for legal support for a Joint Interagency Task Force engaged in conducting business intelligence and counter-corruption operations in Afghanistan.
During this period Hank was duel hatted as Law of Armed Conflict Advisor to the Syria train and equip mission with Combined Joint Interagency Task Force- Syria (CJIATF-S), working to assure that members of New Syrian Forces and Vetted Syrian Opposition observed establish Rules of Engagement.
Hank previously served as Anti-Terrorism Officer with the Third Legal Operational Detachment and as an adjunct to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. In this capacity he deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, advising the Congolese Army on ethics, anti-corruption and human rights and the Republic of Latvia advising on the Law of Armed Conflict and NATO Rules of Engagement.
In the summer of 2019, Hank served on a training mission to the country of Tajikistan.
Major Naughton’s military awards include the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Joint Forces Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M/Device, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Iraq), Valorous Unit Award (Afghanistan).
In 1991 he received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston. During his time at Suffolk, Hank attended Notre Dame Law School in London, England studying International Human Rights, European Law and Soviet Law. Following his graduation from Suffolk, Harold began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County serving from 1992 to 1995. Throughout his years with the District Attorney’s office Harold prosecuted a wide gamut of cases ranging from vehicular homicide to narcotics trafficking to assault and battery. From 1995 to the present Harold has practiced law in Clinton, MA. The firm concentrates on litigation, criminal defense, local, national and international development issues and government relations.
In the early 2000’s, Harold Naughton accompanied former President Clinton to Northern Ireland in conjunction with the founding of the Enniskillen Peace Center. Additionally, he was an observer at the Saville Investigation Hearings into the events that came to be called “Bloody Sunday.”
Hank has been a commentator on BBC Newsnight in regard to the Iraq War, the National ‘Fox and Friends’ Morning television show in regard to the Afghanistan War, as well as appearances on Boston television stations WGBH, Fox 25, WBZ-TV Channel 4, and WBZ Radio 1030, WTKK Radio 96.9 and WBUR 90.9 National Public Radio on Legislative, political and Veterans issues and issues related to foreign policy and the Iraq and Afghan wars. Hank has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show in regard to Veteran’s issues.