Military Justice Summary - December 2017

For the month of June 2017, three Airmen were discharged while several other Airmen received Article 15 nonjudicial punishments for their actions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc)

For the month of June 2017, three Airmen were discharged while several other Airmen received Article 15 nonjudicial punishments for their actions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

COURTS-MARTIAL SUMMARY

Amn: This Airman’s urine tested positive for MDMA or “Molly” after a weekend at the beach with her friends who provided the drugs to her. She was found guilty and sentenced to 5 days in jail, 23 days of hard labor, and a reduction to E-1.

Although two other courts-martial were held in December, neither was finalized. Courts are not final immediately after a verdict is given. They are only complete after convening authority Action is finalized. Expect to see them in next month’s DD.

ARTICLE 15 (NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT) SUMMARY

Commanders are responsible for good order and discipline in their commands. Generally, discipline can be maintained through effective leadership including, when necessary, administrative corrective measures. Nonjudicial punishment is ordinarily appropriate when administrative corrective measures are inadequate due to the nature of the minor offense or the record of the servicemember, unless it is clear that only trial by court-martial will meet the needs of justice and discipline. Nonjudicial punishment shall be considered on an individual basis. Commanders considering nonjudicial punishment should consider the nature of the offense, the record of the servicemember, the needs for good order and discipline, and the effect of nonjudicial punishment on the servicemember and the servicemember’s record.
A commander who is considering a case for disposition under Article 15 will exercise personal discretion in evaluating each case, both as to whether nonjudicial punishment is appropriate, and, if so, as to the nature and amount of punishment appropriate.

Maj: While deployed, this member texted in a highly sexual and inappropriate manner with someone he thought was a teenager. He also solicited prostitutes on Craigslist from TDY locations. For this misconduct, he received an Article 15 for violations of Article 133. He was punished with forfeitures of $3,443.00 pay per month for two months and a reprimand, the maximum allowable punishment for an officer.

SSgt: Member was caught in a lie to members of his leadership regarding why he was leaving work early. He received an Article 15 for violations of Article 107. He was punished with a reduction to the grade of Senior Airman and a reprimand.

SSgt: Member was extremely careless with maintenance paperwork which constituted a violation of the associated Technical Order. He received an Article 15 for violations of Article 92. He was punished with a suspended reduction to the grade of Senior Airman, forfeiture of $321.00 pay per month for two months, 15 days extra duty, and a reprimand.

SrA: While deployed to a foreign country, this Airman was found highly intoxicated, incoherent, and in a state of undress when she was supposed to be at work. She attempted to show up for work, but was unable to perform her duties and had to be sent home. She received an Article 15 for violations of Article 134 and was punished with a reduction to the grade of Airman First Class and a reprimand.

A1C: Member drove on to base while drunk. He also happened to be under the age of 21. He received an Article 15 for violation of Articles 92 and 111. He was punished with reduction to the grade of Airman and a reprimand and was subsequently discharged.

A1C: Member failed to go to his appointed place of duty. He told his supervisors that he had been authorized a three day pass by another NCO, but after the S/NCOs discussed the situation, they realized that the member had told each that the other granted him a pass, when in fact, he had not been granted a pass by anyone. He received an Article 15 for violation of Article 86 and Article 107. His punishment, after partial granting of a reconsideration request on appeal, consisted of forfeitures of $942.00 pay per month for two months (with one month suspended) and a reprimand.

A1C: Member was driving recklessly and drove his car through a fence. He then fled the scene without reporting the damage to the police or the owner of the property. The fence happened to be the perimeter fence on Dyess AFB. In the course of that investigation, it was discovered that he had purchased a prescription level drug, Modonafil, online, and did not have a valid prescription or any legal justification to have it. He received an Article 15 for violation of Article 112a and Article 134. He was punished with reduction to the grade of Airman Basic and a reprimand. Member was subsequently discharged.

ADMINISTRATIVE DISCHARGE SUMMARY

AB: Member was administratively discharged for Misconduct – Minor Disciplinary Infractions. His disciplinary history consisted of two Article 15s, a vacation of a suspended nonjudicial punishment, establishment of an Unfavorable Information File (UIF), two Letters of Reprimand, and one Letter of Counseling. He was discharged with a General service characterization.

AB: Member was administratively discharged for Misconduct – Minor Disciplinary Infractions. Her disciplinary history consisted of two Article 15s. She was discharged with a General service characterization.

AB: Member was administratively discharged for a Pattern of Misconduct – Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline. His disciplinary history consisted of two Article 15s, two LORs, and one LOC. He was discharged with a General service characterization.

SrA: Member was administratively discharged for Misconduct – Minor Disciplinary Infractions. His disciplinary history consisted of placement on a Control Roster, establishment of a UIF, seven LORs, and one LOC. He was discharged with a General service characterization.

ADMINISTRATIVE DEMOTION SUMMARY

A1C: Member was administratively demoted for Failure to Keep Fit. His disciplinary history included two LORs and one LOC. He was demoted to Airman.