Home : News : News
JBSA News

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

By 502nd Air Base Wing Legal Office & Army Support Activity Office of the Staff Judge Advocate | 502nd Air Base Wing Legal Office & Army Support Activity Office of the Staff Judge Advocate | May 22, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

The Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General completed two Air Force courts-martial in the month of April 2018. The results of a court-martial are not final until the clemency and/or appeals process is completed.

All courts-martial are open to the public and upcoming courts-martial can be viewed at the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's website at http://www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp.

An airman basic from the 343rd Training Squadron at JBSA-Lackland was tried in a summary court-martial April 18. The airman was tried by a summary court officer on a specification of wrongful use of marijuana in violation of Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice, and a specification of failing to obey a lawful order in violation of Article 92, UCMJ. The airman was found guilty of both charges and specifications and sentenced to forfeitures of $1,000 pay per month for one month and confinement for 15 days.

An airman first class from the 344th Training Squadron at JBSA-Lackland was tried in a general court-martial April 16-18. The airman was tried by military judge alone on a specification of attempting to communicate indecent language to a child under the age of 16 in violation of Article 80, UCMJ. The airman was found guilty of the charge and specification and was sentenced to reduction to E-1, 15 months confinement and a dishonorable discharge.

During the month of April, 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.

Willful Dereliction of Duty and Use of a Controlled Substance x 2: An airman first class in technical training willfully failed to refrain from adhering to the rules of the confinement facility by passing an item to an inmate, wrongfully used marijuana, and wrongfully used alprazolam. The member received a reduction to the grade of airman basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months with the second month suspended, base restriction for 30 days, extra duty for 15 days and a reprimand.

Driving Under the Influence: An airman first class in technical training operated a vehicle while drunk. The member received a reduction to the grade of airman basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months with the second month suspended, base restriction for 30 days, extra duty for 15 days, and a reprimand.

Larceny: An airman first class in technical training stole an item from the base exchange. The member received a reduction to the grade of airman basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months with the second month suspended, base restriction for 30 days and a reprimand.

Willful Dereliction of Duty: An airman basic in technical training willfully failed to refrain from disseminating test information. The member received forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months with the second month suspended, base restriction for 30 days and a reprimand.

Use of a Controlled Substance x 2 and Distribution of a Controlled Substance: An airman first class in technical training wrongfully used and distributed marijuana and alprazolam. The member received a reduction to the grade of airman basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months with the second month suspended, base restriction for 30 days, extra duty for 45 days with duty in excess of 30 days suspended and a reprimand.

Willful Dereliction of Duty and False Official Statement: An airman first class willfully used another airman’s unit review exercises on their exam and altered an official record to indicate that they were placed on quarters, which was known to be false. The member received a suspended reduction to the grade of Airman, base restriction for 21 days and a reprimand.

False Official Statement, Adultery: An Army staff sergeant was found guilty of one specification of false official statement, and one specification of adultery. The staff sergeant received forfeitures of $1,888 for two months and an oral reprimand.

Absent Without Leave: An Army specialist was found guilty of twelve specifications of absent without leave. The specialist was reduced to private first class, forfeited $507 pay (suspended for 90 days), extra duty (suspended for 90 days), restriction to the limits of the company area, dining/medical facility, and place of worship (suspended for 90 days), and a written reprimand.

Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation: An Army private first class was found guilty of one specification of failure to obey an order or regulation. The private forfeited $100 and received an oral reprimand.