2009 Tillman Scholar

Aaron Contreras

University of Idaho

Seeing the service that family members had previously given, Aaron decided to join the Army National Guard in December of 2000. This resolve was strengthened while completing Basic Training when the attacks of 9-11 occurred. Initially serving as a Counterintelligence agent, he then transitioned to Aviation upon graduating from college and the ROTC. After flight school, Aaron deployed to Afghanistan for one year. Applying to law school from Afghanistan, Aaron returned and began law school at the University of Idaho. He graduated in 2010 and began working at EchoHawk Law offices, mainly focusing on Native American Law and representing numerous tribes in the northwest. Still recognizing the desire to serve in the military, Aaron transitioned to Active Duty in October of 2011 as an Army JAG officer.

He served in numerous positions within the JAG Corps, but found the most satisfaction teaching legal aspects of intelligence operations at Fort Huachuca and as the Legal Engagements officer for Army South at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Legal Engagements allowed him the opportunity to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, and Mexico to engage with senior military legal advisors from the Western Hemisphere as well as senior military legal advisors from the United States. He is currently transitioning from the Army and looking for the next adventure to pursue.