July Law and Order

3 Sep 2009 |

Law and Order is a monthly feature detailing the previous month's military justice matters at Travis. Publicizing this information fosters an atmosphere of good order and discipline by demonstrating how the military enforces standards of conduct. This feature also serves to educate and inform the public concerning military law and the military justice system.

Nonjudicial Punishment
Nonjudicial punishment under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice, is described in Military Commander and the Law as an essential and prompt means for commanders to maintain good order and discipline and also promote positive behavior changes in servicemembers without the stigma of a court-martial conviction.

Unit, rank, offenses, punishment imposed:
· 60th Maintenance Squadron, Airman, Article 111 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reduction by two stripes, 30 days of extra duty, forfeiture of $600 for two months (forfeiture of pay suspended until Jan. 12, 2010).
 
· 21st Airlift Squadron, Airman, Article 92 for failure to obey an order to refrain from possessing alcohol in a dormitory, reduction by one stripe (reduction suspended through Jan. 15, 2010) and reprimand.
 
· 60th Aerial Port Squadron, Airman, Articles 92 and 111 for driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while driving privileges were suspended, reduction by one stripe, restricted to base for 45 days (final 15 days suspended through Dec. 25, 2010), 30 days of extra duty and reprimand.
 
· 60th Security Forces Squadron, NCO, Articles 86 and 92 for leaving duty station without authority, using government vehicle to attend to personal business and taking a government-owned firearm off base, reduction by one stripe and 30 days of extra duty.
 
· 60th Maintenance Squadron, Airman, Article 111 for driving while intoxicated, reduction by two stripes (one stripe now, second reduction suspended until Jan. 19, 2010), 30 days of extra duty and forfeiture of $500 for two months.
 
· 60th Medical Operations Squadron, NCO, Article 134 for failure to pay debt justly incurred, 20 days of extra duty, reduction by one stripe and reprimand.
 
· 60th Maintenance Squadron, NCO, Article 92 for failing to go through the proper procedures when checking out a munitions key, 21 days of extra duty and forfeiture of $500.
 
· 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Airman, Articles 86, 89 and 92 for dereliction of duty, improperly handling a weapon and disrespecting a superior commissioned officer, reduction by three stripes (reduction of one stripe now, subsequent reduction suspended until Jan. 14, 2010), forfeiture of $699 and reprimand.

Courts-martial
The Manual for Courts-Martials' preamble explains the purpose of military law "is to promote justice, to assist in maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the military establishment, and thereby to strengthen the national security of the United States."

United States v. Airman 1st Class Hanna M. Herman
Airman 1st Class Hanna M. Herman tested positive for methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy, after a random urinalysis. Airman Herman was subsequently interviewed by an agent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and, against the orders of that agent, proceeded to discuss details of the interview with third-party individuals. At a special court-martial, Airman Herman was found guilty of violating Article 112(a) of the UCMJ for wrongful use of ecstasy. Airman Herman was also found guilty of violating Article 92 of the UCMJ for disobeying a lawful order issued by the AFOSI.
Sentence: Forfeiture of $750 pay per month for 12 months, three months hard labor without confinement and restriction to the limits of Travis Air Force Base for a period of two months.

United States v. Tech. Sgt. Aric A. Carpenter
Tech. Sgt. Aric A. Carpenter was brought before a general court-martial and found guilty of violating Articles 92, 120, 125 and 134 of the UCMJ. Sergeant Carpenter was found guilty of having had unlawful, abusive and aggravated sexual contact with a child between the ages of 12 and 16. Sergeant Carpenter was also found guilty of adultery, and using government-owned equipment to create, store, process, display, send or otherwise transmit pornographic images.
Sentence: Reduction to E-1, eight years confinement and dishonorable discharge.