566th IS Airman reduced for DUI in court martial
By Master Sgt. J. LaVoie, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 19, 2010
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airman 1st Class Clarence Brown, 566th Intelligence Squadron, was reduced in grade to an E-2 and forfeited $1,081 in pay for one month for underage drinking, failure to go and being absent without leave.
While Airmen Brown was attempting to access the base, a base employee smelled alcohol. At that time, the security personnel also determined he was less than 21 years of age. His first sergeant responded and ordered him to report to his office the following day.
Instead, after he was released, Airman Brown packed his belongings and left the base. After his absence was discovered his unit attempted to contact him, but he was unresponsive. At this point, officials sent a notice to local law enforcement to be on the lookout for Airman Brown. He was apprehended by law enforcement officials in Pueblo, Colo and returned to Buckley. While absent, he missed the appointment with his first sergeant.
He was charged with Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 111, driving under the influence, UCMJ Article 92, willful dereliction of duty for underage drinking, UCMJ Article 86 failure to go and UCMJ Article 86 being absent without leave. He was found not guilty of the DUI, but found guilty of the other charges.
"I think the verdict shows that it is far better to accept responsibility for one's initial misconduct; running from your problems only makes things worse," said Capt. Dan Harrison, 460th Space Wing Judge Advocate trial counsel.