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Five Airmen receive nonjudicial punishment

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  • By Staff Sgt. Shannon Davison
  • 36th Wing Legal Office
During the month of July 2007, five Andersen Airmen received nonjudicial punishment. The circumstances of the cases are as follows:

A technical sergeant from 554th RED HORSE Squadron allowed another Airman, who did not have a motorcycle license or the proper safety equipment to use his motorcycle, in violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Airman was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. For this action, the Airman received a suspended reduction to the grade of staff sergeant, forfeiture of $1,275.00 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

A staff sergeant from the 36th Security Forces Squadron fell asleep while posted as a sentinel, in violation of Article 113, UCMJ. For this action, the Airman received a suspended reduction to the grade of senior airman, forfeiture of $461.00 pay, seven days extra duty and a reprimand.

A staff sergeant from 36th Mobility Response Squadron used his Government Travel Card for personal use, in violation of Article 92 UCMJ. For this action, the Airman received 10 days extra duty.

A male senior airman from 554 RHS was drunk and disorderly while in a female airman's dorm room, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ. For this action, the male airman received forfeiture of $989 pay per month for two months, restriction to the limits of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, for 30 days, restriction from all facilities that serve or sell alcoholic beverages for 30 days and a reprimand.

A senior airman from 554 RHS operated a vehicle while drunk, in violation of
Article 111, UCMJ. For this action, the Airman received reduction to the grade of airman 1st class, restriction for 30 days and a reprimand.

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 contact the military justice team at 36WG.jam@andersen.af.mil or 366-2939 for more information.

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