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The Judge's Bench: February UCMJ actions

Posted 3/14/2012   Updated 3/14/2012 Email story   Print story

    


7th Bomb Wing Judge Advocate

3/14/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The following Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base received non-judicial punishment under Article 15 during the month of February:

A 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron technical sergeant received an Article 15 for failing to pay debts. Punishment consisted of a reduction to staff sergeant and a reprimand.

A 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failing to arrive at roll call. Punishment consisted of a reduction to senior airman and a reprimand.

A 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron senior airman received an Article 15 for driving while drunk. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman first class and a reprimand.

A 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airman first class received an Article 15 for damaging military property, underage drinking and driving while drunk. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman, reduction to airman basic suspended and a reprimand.

A 7th Communications Squadron technical sergeant received an Article 15 for failing to refrain from using a Government Travel Card for unauthorized purposes and failing to pay a debt. Punishment consisted of a reduction to Staff Sergeant and forfeiture of $250 pay suspended.

A 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron airman first class received an Article 15 for wrongfully appropriating a motorcycle, not wearing proper personal protective equipment and not having a motorcycle license. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman, forfeiture of $835 pay for two months suspended, 45 days restriction to Dyess Air Force Base, 45 days extra duty with 15 days suspended and a reprimand.

A 7th Munitions Squadron airman first class received an Article 15 for hiding a friend in the trunk of a car in order to avoid obtaining a visitor pass. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman and 30 days restriction to Dyess Air Force Base.

A 7th Operations Support Squadron airman received an Article 15 for failing to arrive at work on time. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman basic suspended and a reprimand.

A 7th Security Forces Squadron senior airman received an Article 15 for assaulting a fellow airman. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman first class suspended, forfeiture of $250, 15 days extra duty, and a reprimand.

A 317th Maintenance Squadron senior airman received an Article 15 for assaulting a fellow airman with a flashlight. Punishment consisted of a reduction to airman, forfeiture of $835 pay for two months suspended, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

The military justice system is a commander's program designed to support good order and discipline in the unit and to ensure mission accomplishment. One important aspect of the military justice system is non-judicial punishment under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. When commanders decide to impose non-judicial punishment, they can choose from a variety of punishments.

For enlisted members, the list includes reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, restriction, extra duties and a reprimand. Officers can receive forfeiture of pay, arrest in quarters, restriction and a reprimand. When using non-judicial punishment, commanders take into account the member's duty performance, attitude, potential and disciplinary history.



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