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Crime and punishment at Joint Base San Antonio

By Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General | Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General | Feb. 13, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

During the month of January, Joint Base San Antonio commanders administered 12 nonjudicial punishment actions under Article 15 of the uniform Code of Military Justice.

The punishment imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. 

A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or fails to satisfy the conditions of the suspension.  The suspension period usually lasts for six months unless a lesser amount is specified. 

The following are some of the nonjudicial punishment actions that closed out in January.

Drunk driving: A master sergeant, while on temporary duty to Germany, operated an automobile while intoxicated. The member received a reduction to the grade of technical sergeant and a reprimand.

Dereliction of duty, willful: A staff sergeant in an in-patient treatment program failed to refrain from having intimate physical contact with another patient there.  The member received a suspended reduction to the grade of senior airman, forfeiture of $314 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

Drunk driving: An airman first class operated an automobile while intoxicated. The member was also found to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.  The member received a reduction to the grade of airman, suspended forfeitures of $878 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

Dereliction of duty, willful (underage drinking): An airman basic in technical training was derelict in their duty to refrain from drinking alcohol while under the age of 21.  The member received suspended forfeitures of $724 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

Disrespect to an officer, disrespect to an NCO: A master sergeant used profane and disrespectful language toward a captain and a senior master sergeant while being verbally counseled.  The member received a suspended reduction to technical sergeant, forfeiture of $1,886 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

False official statement – A staff sergeant altered their official Community College of the Air Force degree and master’s degree transcripts.  Moreover, when questioned on the matter, the member lied.  The member received a reduction to senior airman, suspended forfeiture of $1,241 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

Disorderly conduct – A staff sergeant urinated on a hotel carpet while attending a unit holiday party. The member received 30 days extra duty (suspended) and a reprimand.

Larceny– An airman first class in technical training stole two bottles of cologne from the AAFES Base Exchange.  The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman (suspended), forfeitures of $210 pay per month for one month and a reprimand.