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

By 502nd Air Base Wing Judge Advocate General | 502nd Air Base Wing Judge Advocate General | July 18, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

The Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General completed one Air Force court-martial in the month of June 2018.

The results of a court-martial are not final until the clemency and/or appeals process is completed.  

An Airman Basic from the 383rd Training Squadron at JBSA-Lackland was tried by special court-martial from June 18-22 at JBSA-Lackland. The airman was tried, by military judge alone, on a specification of wrongful use of cocaine and a specification of wrongful use of dextroamphetamine in violation of Article 112a, UCMJ, and was found not guilty.

All courts-martial are open to the public and a list of upcoming courts-martial can be found at the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s website: http://www.afjag.af.mil/About-Us/Docket. 

During the month of May, Joint Base San Antonio Air Force and Army commanders administered 21 non-judicial punishments 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 member’s record. 

A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the member 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 May.

Willful Dereliction of Duty: An Airman First Class in technical training cheated on a lab test by pulling and removing a part from a processor unit. The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman (suspended), forfeiture of $918 pay and a reprimand. 

Willful Dereliction of Duty: An Airman First Class in technical training sexually harassed two Soldiers by making inappropriate comments. The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman (suspended), forfeiture of $428 pay and a reprimand.

Larceny (x2): A Senior Airman stole Blu-Ray discs from the Base Exchange on two separate occasions. The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman First Class, forfeitures of $300 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.

Willful Dereliction of Duty & Drunk and Disorderly: An Airman First Class in technical training willfully consumed alcohol while under the age of 21 and was drunk and disorderly when medical services arrived to give treatment. The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman Basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months (suspended) and a reprimand. 

Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance and Abusive Sexual Contact: An Airman First Class in technical training wrongfully used clonazepam and touched three individuals inappropriately to gratify their sexual desire. The member received a reduction to the grade of Airman Basic, forfeitures of $819 pay per month for two months (with one month suspended), base restriction for 30 days and a reprimand.

Willful Dereliction of Duty and False Official Statement: An Airman in technical training violated the gender integration policy by having a member of the opposite sex in their room and made a false official statement when questioned about it by a Military Training Leader. The member received a vacation of forfeitures of $819 pay from a previous non-judicial punishment.

Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance: An Army Master Sergeant (E-8) was found guilty of one specification of wrongful use of cocaine. The NCO had a forfeiture of $500 pay and received a written reprimand. 

Dereliction of Duty: An Army Staff Sergeant (E-6) was found guilty of one specification of dereliction of duty. The Staff Sergeant received one day of extra duty.     

Failure to Repair, Disobeying a Noncommissioned Officer, Dereliction of Duty, and False Official Statement: An Army Specialist (E-4) was found guilty of three specifications of failure to repair, one specification of disobeying a noncommissioned officer, one specification of dereliction of duty and one specification of making a false official statement.  The Specialist was reduced to Private First Class (E-3), forfeited $478 pay and had extra duty for 14 days.

Failure to Repair: An Army Specialist was found guilty of one specification of failure to repair. The Specialist (E-4) was reduced to Private First Class (E-3), forfeited $450, was suspended for 180 days and had extra duty for 14 days.