CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A prosecutor with legal experience in Pennsylvania, Afghanistan and Kosovo officially becomes the new district attorney in Franklin County, Pa., Friday.
On Thursday, Franklin County judges announced Matthew D. "Matt" Fogal as their choice to fill a vacancy created by the death of John F. "Jack" Nelson two weeks earlier.
"I learned a lot from Jack," Fogal said. "He was a friend and a mentor."
Fogal, a Chambersburg native, began his prosecutorial career in the Adams County, Pa., district attorney's office and later became a full-time assistant district attorney in Franklin County.
Fogal, a major in the Pennsylvania National Guard, mobilized and deployed several times through the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. He served as the legal mentor for Afghanistan's attorney general and provided humanitarian relief in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.