Coral Wong Pietsch was the first-ever female general officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. She was also the first Asian American woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army.
Following her active duty service at Eighth Army in Korea and at Fort Shafter in Hawaii, Brig. Gen. Pietsch worked as a deputy attorney general for the State of Hawaii for six years. Then, she became a civilian attorney at Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Shafte.
She previously served as the senior civilian attorney at USARPAC and chief of the Civil Law Division in the staff judge advocate's office. She supervised a staff of attorneys whose areas of expertise include administrative law, contract law, environmental law, ethics, fiscal law, operational law, and personnel and labor law for a major Army command. Along with other positions, Brig. Gen. Pietsch served as the former Chair of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.
President Obama nominated Brig. Gen. Pietsch in 2011 to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, later being confirmed by the Senate on May 24th, 2012.