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Military Justice Summary - November 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

No courts-martial were finalized in November 2017. Courts are not complete immediately after
a verdict is given. Rather, they are only complete after convening authority Action is finalized.

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: Member carried on a consensual sexual relationship with an enlisted subordinate and solicited her to perform sexual acts in his office. Additionally, he got extremely drunk in front of
his subordinates at an office party. He received an Article 15 for violations of Article 133 and Article 134. He was punished with forfeitures of $3,223.00 pay per month for two months and a
reprimand, the maximum allowable punishment for an officer.

TSgt: Member failed to go at the prescribed time to his appointed place of duty. The member also failed to stay awake while on duty. He received an Article 15 for violations of Article 86 and Article 92. He was punished with a suspended reduction to the grade of Staff Sergeant and a reprimand.

A1C: Member was the subject of a dorm inspection, where it was discovered that he was storing a shotgun in his dormitory room, and his room was in disgusting disarray. He received an Article 15 for violation of Article 92. He was punished with reduction to the grade of Airman, 14 days extra duty, suspended through May 2018, and a reprimand.

Amn: Member failed to go to his appointed place of duty on multiple occasions and was caught sleeping on his desk while at work. He received an Article 15 for violation of Article 92 and Article 86. He was punished with reduction to the grade of Airman Basic and a reprimand.