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Airmen recieve nonjudicial punishment

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  • 36th Wing Legal office
During the month of December 2007, seven Andersen Airmen received Nonjudicial Punishment. The circumstances of the cases are as follows:

A staff sergeant from the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron struck his wife in the face with his fist in violation of Article 128, Uniform Code of Military Justice. The member was also too incapacitated due to drinking to perform his duties, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ. For these actions, the member received a reduction to the rank of senior airman, 25 days extra duty, and a reprimand.

An airman first class from the 36th CES was wrongfully late to work in violation of Article 86, UCMJ. The member was also disrespectful to an officer and NCO in violation of Articles 89 and 91, UCMJ. For these actions, the member received a reduction to the rank of Airman and 45 days extra duty.

An airman from the 36th CES damaged government property in violation of Article 108, UCMJ. The member also trespassed into a hotel pool area while it was closed in violation of Article 134, UCMJ, and reported to work late in violation of Article 86, UCMJ. For these actions, the member received 25 days extra duty, forfeiture of pay of $200 for two months and a reprimand.

An airman first class from 36th Communications Squadron was drunk and disorderly in violation of Article 134, UCMJ. For this action, the member received a suspended reduction to the rank of Airman, forfeiture of $729 pay, and a reprimand.

An airman from 36th Mission Support Squadron wrongfully damaged government property in violation of Article 108, UCMJ, and was drunk and disorderly in violation of Article 134, UCMJ. For these actions, the member received a suspended reduction to the rank of airman basic and seven days extra duty.

A senior noncommissioned officer from Andersen failed to provide highly effective leadership and was derelict in his duties in violation of Article 92, UCMJ. For these actions, the member received forfeiture of $2,173 pay for 2 months, with 1 month of forfeitures suspended, and a reprimand.

An airman first class from the 36th Security Forces Squadron left his post in violation of Article 113, UCMJ. For this action, the member received a reduction to the rank of Airman and seven days suspended restriction to Andersen.

Punishment under Article 15 of the UCMJ, otherwise known as Nonjudicial Punishment, is action by a service member's commander in response to suspected violations of the UCMJ. The commander determines if the service member committed the offense and, if so, imposes appropriate punishment. Accepting procedures under Article 15 is a choice of forum and not an admission of guilt. Service members always have the option to turn down Article 15 proceedings and demand to be tried by court-martial.

The legal office is available to brief at unit commander calls or other unit functions regarding current military justice or other legal issues affecting Andersen. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Military Justice team at 36WG.jam@andersen.af.mil or 366-2939.

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