Misuse of resources can have lasting impact on Airmen’s careers

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Misusing government property can land Airmen in some serious hot water with their leadership, as well as possible charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Air Force Office of Inspector General defines misuse as, "the intentional or improper use of government resources that can include the excessive or improper use of one's position, in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use. Examples include misuse of rank, position, or authority or misuse of DoD resources."

Resources can be anything from computers to vehicles to personnel. Misuse of resources can also include storage of personal items in government facilities.

Tech. Sgt. Bob Powell, 90th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of Investigations explained perceptions can be convincing, when it comes to misuse of government resources.

"Any perception of impropriety will be investigated," he said. "Using government property as your own is unauthorized, and is a misuse of government property."

If found misusing government resources, Airmen may be subject to Article 92 of the UCMJ, as well as corrective action from their leadership.

Powell explained a simple solution for Airmen who aren't sure if they are misusing government property.

"It's a safe bet that if something doesn't seem like a good idea, it probably isn't a good idea," he said. "Practice common sense when making decisions."