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Courts-martial, crime and punishment at Joint Base San Antonio

By JBSA Legal Offices | JBSA Legal Offices | Oct. 18, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

During the month of September, there was one court-martial of an Air Force member and one court-martial of an Army member at Joint Base San Antonio.

An Air Force master sergeant from JBSA-Lackland tested positive for marijuana on three separate occasions.

For these offenses in violation of Article 112a, Uniformed Code of Military Justice, the master sergeant was referred to a special court martial. He was tried by a panel of officer and enlisted members from Sept. 18-21 at JBSA-Lackland. The senior NCO was found guilty of the charge and specification of wrongful use of marijuana on diverse occasions. He was sentenced to a reduction to grade of E-4, 60 days hard labor without confinement and forfeitures of $1,000 pay per month for six months.

An Army private was found guilty at a summary court-martial of one specification of wrongful use of marijuana, one specification of wrongful possession of marijuana, and two specifications of making a false official statement. The private (E-2) received reduction to the grade of private (E-1) and forfeiture of $1,066 pay for one month.

After sentencing, members can request clemency. In some cases, this can change the outcome of their case and/or sentence to something less severe. Acquittals are final results. All courts-martial are open to the public. Visit the U.S. Air Force Public Docket website at http://www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp for more information.

During September, Joint Base San Antonio Air Force and Army commanders administered a variety of non-judicial punishment actions under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The punishments 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 six months unless a lesser amount is specified. The following are some of the non-judicial punishment actions that closed out during September.

Disrespect to an NCO; Dereliction of Duty: An airman first class in technical training disrespected a military training leader and failed to adhere to the uniform standards set forth in the student handbook. The member received a reduction to airman, forfeitures of $896 pay per month for two months (suspended), 10 days extra duty, 20 days restriction to base and a reprimand.

Larceny: An airman basic in technical training stole a pair of headphones from the Base Exchange. The member received forfeitures of $799 pay per month for two months (forfeitures of $503 pay suspended), 14 days extra duty, 14 days restriction to base and a reprimand.

Disorderly Conduct: An airman basic in technical training urinated in his roommate’s closet while intoxicated. The member received forfeitures of $373 pay, seven days restriction to base and a reprimand.

False Official Statement: An airman first class in technical training extended his quarters slip without proper authorization from medical staff and lied to leadership when questioned. The member received a reduction to airman (suspended), forfeitures of $300 pay, five days extra duty, and a reprimand.

Wrongful Use of Cocaine: An airman basic in technical training tested positive for cocaine. The member received forfeitures of $799 pay per month for two months (suspended), 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

Drunk on Duty: A technical sergeant reported to work while still under the influence of alcohol from the night prior. The member received a reduction to staff sergeant (suspended), forfeitures of $1,606 pay, seven days restriction to base and a reprimand.

Abusive Sexual Contact: An airman first class in technical training touched the breasts and buttocks of two female airmen without their consent. The member received a reduction to Airman (reduction to airman basic suspended), 14 days restriction to base and a reprimand.

Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance: An Army first lieutenant was found guilty of one specification of wrongful use of marijuana. The first lieutenant was issued a written reprimand.

Assault Consummated by a Battery:  An Army sergeant 1st class was found guilty of one specification of assault consummated by a battery.  The sergeant 1st class received an oral reprimand.    

Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance: An Army specialist was found guilty of one specification of wrongful use of marijuana and one specification of wrongful use of cocaine.  The specialist received reduction to the grade of private (E-1), forfeiture of $799 pay for two months, extra duty for 45 days  (suspended), and restriction to the limits of the company area, dining/medical facility and place of worship for 45 days (suspended).