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Good order and discipline

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  • 90th Missile Wing Judge Advocate General

The following incidents resulted in nonjudicial punishment, administrative discharge or court-martial conviction that closed out during the month of December.

***WARNING: The incidents portrayed below are REAL and reflect actual events. The names have been redacted to comply with the Privacy Act. If you value your Air Force career, you will not attempt ANY of the action described below. IF YOU DO, YOU MAY RECEIVE DISCIPLINE.*** #donttrythisathome

Nonjudicial Punishment (Article 15)

A senior airman showed up to an appointment at the clinic and appeared to be intoxicated. The airman was escorted to alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment program and administered a breathalyzer, which determined the airman’s blood alcohol concentration (BrAC) to be .079. The commander determined the SrA violated Article 112, Uniform Code of Military Justice, and imposed the following punishment: Reduction to the grade of airman first class; and a reprimand. #putdownthebottle #cometoworksober

An airman first class drank vodka shots at a bar in Fort Collins. After leaving the bar, the airman struck a guard rail along I-25. When the police arrived, the airman was administered a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer, which indicated a BrAC of .144. The next day, the airman was selected for a random urinalysis that returned positive for cocaine at a concentration of 32,587 ng/ml. Colorado retained jurisdiction over the driving under the influence. The commander determined the airman violated Articles 92 and 112a, UCMJ, and imposed the following punishment: Reduction to the grade of airman basic; forfeiture of $866.00 pay (suspended); 60 days restriction to base; and a reprimand. #drugsarebadmmmk #luckytobealive

A senior airman was administered a random urinalysis test that returned positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC at 56 ng/ml. The airman was administered a Bickel re-test the same day the positive urinalysis results were received, and that test was also positive at 311 ng/ml. A second Bickel re-test returned a reading of 701 ng/ml. The commander determined the airman violated Articles 112a, UCMJ, and imposed the following punishment: Reduction to the grade of airman; forfeiture of $971.00 pay for two months (suspended); 30 days restriction to base (suspended); 30 days extra duty; and a reprimand. #puffpuffgetcaught #yesweedisstillillegalformilitary

A senior airman tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed into medically-directed isolation with instructions to remain in the airman’s home. The airman decided to go out to a bar in Fort Collins with another airman listed above. During the police response to the car accident that led to the airman being arrested for DUI, the airman told the police officer about being positive for COVID-19. The Wing Commander determined the airman violated Article 84 of the UCMJ and imposed the following punishment: Reduction to the grade of airman first class; reduction to the grade of airman (suspended); and a reprimand. #justfolloworders #stopputtingothersatrisk

Administrative Discharges

*Administrative Discharges resulting from misconduct, including drug abuse, almost always result in a loss of some veteran benefits, specifically education benefits like the GI Bill. A discharge characterization that is not Honorable, may also limit future employment opportunities*

A staff sergeant pled guilty and was convicted at a summary court-martial for engaging in four unprofessional relationships, three of which were sexual relationships, with junior airmen in the sergeant’s unit and flight. As a result of this conviction, the sergeant was discharged for the commission of a serious offense after 8 years of service. The sergeant received the most severe service characterization available with an administrative discharge: an Under Other Than Honorable Conditions Service Characterization. #notworthit #eightyearsofservicedownthedrain

An airman basic established a history of failing to report to the appointed place of duty, got a DUI, and showed up to work intoxicated. The airman’s leadership tried to correct this behavior with the following progressive discipline tools: letter of counseling, 2 letters of reprimand, an Article 15 and the vacation of suspended Article 15 punishment. The airman was discharged for minor disciplinary infractions with an Under Honorable Conditions (General) Service Characterization. #somanychances

An airman refused to take part in an ADAPT treatment program after being diagnosed with an alcohol disorder. The airman also had a history of misconduct to include violating COVID-19 restrictions; making a false official statement; and underage drinking. The misconduct was considered in determining the characterization of the discharge. The airman was discharged for being unwilling to cooperate with ADAPT treatment with an Under Honorable Conditions (General) Service Characterization. #takehelpwhenitsoffered #lotsofpoorchoices

An Airman received 2 records of individual counseling, 5 LOR’s, and an Article 15 in attempts to correct the following behavior: disrespectful behavior towards Airmen and NCOs on several occasions; failure to properly use the chain of command; failure to report for duty; failure to obey; letting a civilian cohabitate in the dorms; posting disrespectful posts on social media; and leaving the place of duty without authority. The airman was discharged for a pattern of misconduct with an Under Honorable Conditions (General) Service Characterization. #justbehave #watchthetude

Court Martial Convictions

There were no court martial convictions during December.

*All Military Justice cases are decided individually on their own merits and facts. There is no formula or table that determines the appropriate findings or action in a specific case. Specific cases are decided by the appropriate commander in that case alone. The above incidents were what the appropriate commander decided in those cases and do not determine decisions for future similar cases, which could be harsher or more lenient. I hope every F.E. Warren Airman will read the above incidents, discuss them with fellow Airmen, be good wingmen, and help each other every day to avoid getting their own hashtag. #goodwingmenhelptheirwingmennotendupinthismessage*