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Schriever Sentinel

Schriever brings justice with UCMJ actions

50th Space Wing Legal Office

The following actions were taken against members of the Schriever Air Force Base community under the Uniform Code of Military Justice from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2012.

These examples serve as a reminder of the professional expectations for members of the wing. They demonstrate the real consequences for those who failed to act within the confines of the law and our Air Force regulations. There is no standard punishment when an action is taken, so each result is tailored to the unique facts and circumstances of the incident. Commanders consider the underlying facts and issues of each incident, along with the offender’s response, in order to determine a just outcome.

Article 15s:

Incident 1: An airman first class received an Article 15 for failure to follow a lawful order and making false official statements. The individual’s punishment was reduction to E-1 with reduction below E-2 suspended, restriction for 45 days and a reprimand.

Incident 2: An airman first class received an Article 15 for underage drinking. The individual’s punishment was reduction to E-2 (suspended), forfeitures of $100 (suspended), restriction for 15 days and a reprimand.

Incident 3: An airman first class received an Article 15 for theft. The individual’s punishment was reduction to E-2 and a reprimand.

Incident 4: A technical sergeant received an Article 15 for two specifications of drunk and disorderly conduct. The individual’s punishment was reduction to E-5 and a reprimand.

Court-Martial Actions:

There were no court-martial convictions during this time frame.

Administrative Discharges:

Honorable discharge: Three Airmen were administratively discharged for having four fitness failures in 24 months.

Honorable discharge: An airman first class was administratively discharged for Involuntary Convenience of the Government, specifically for Conditions that Interfere with Military Service.

Under Honorable Conditions (General) Discharge: An airman basic was administratively discharged for drug abuse.

Under Honorable Conditions (General) Discharge: An airman first class was administratively discharged for Minor Disciplinary Infractions, to include failure to go, dereliction of duty, failing to obey a lawful order and dishonorably failing to pay a just debt.

Final Words:

As we move into the winter months, it is important to remember that the professional expectations applying to you as a servicemember extend beyond your time at work. If you are going to be consuming alcohol, remember to always do so responsibly and in accordance with the law. Remember the Air Force is committed to providing support systems that can help Airmen in all areas of their lives, including the Health and Wellness Center, Airman Family Readiness Center and the Chaplain. As you are out enjoying all of the wonderful winter activities that our area has to offer, keep in mind the mistakes of your peers and the consequences that resulted; tardiness, unapproved absences, the misuse of alcohol and failure to maintain physical fitness standards will not be tolerated. The Air Force offers many opportunities for success, but in order to maximize your potential and advance in your career, you must be mindful of and maintain Air Force standards at all times. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the legal office at 560-5050.

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