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Status of discipline January-May ‘15

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Good order and discipline is essential for the 460th Space Wing and Team Buckley partners to accomplish our mission of national defense and security.  Below is information on cases processed by 460th Space Wing Judge Advocate in the January - May 2015 timeframe.  Those cases included court-martial, nonjudicial punishment, and administrative separation.

A military member is subject to trial by court-martial for a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Punishment may include confinement and a punitive discharge. 

- An E-5 was convicted of using Adderall without a prescription on multiple occasions.  The E 5 was also convicted of stealing the Adderall from a co-worker on multiple occasions.  A panel of officers adjudged a sentence of 30 days confinement, reduction to E-3, and a reprimand.  The member was later discharged.

- An E-4 was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with an individual under the age of 16, recording the sexual activity on a cellular phone, disobeying an order not to contact the individual and adultery.  A military judge adjudged a sentence of reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 28 months, and a dishonorable discharge.

- An E-4 was convicted of using marijuana on multiple occasions.  A panel of officers adjudged a sentence of a bad conduct discharge, five days confinement and a reprimand. 

- An E-4 was convicted of using Ecstasy.  An officer sitting as a summary court-martial adjudged a sentence of 25 days confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of $1,031 pay, and five days hard labor without confinement.  The member was later discharged for this and additional misconduct.

- An E-3 was convicted of using LSD.  An officer sitting as a summary court-martial adjudged a sentence of 23 days confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of $1,031 pay, and seven days hard labor without confinement.  The member was later discharged.

A military member is subject to nonjudicial punishment under Article 15, UCMJ.  Maximum punishment may include reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay. 

- An E-7 assaulted law enforcement officials and was disorderly on two separate occasions.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-6, suspended forfeitures of $1,765 pay per month for two months, suspended extra duties for 14 days, and a reprimand.

- An E-7 had an argument with another person and failed to obey an order not to contact the other person.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-6 suspended, forfeiture of $1,862 pay, 15 days extra duty, and a reprimand.

- An E-6 did not complete assigned tasks.  Punishment consisted of forfeiture of $1000 pay and a reprimand. 

- An E-5 did not follow proper procedures when backing up a government vehicle and damaged the vehicle.  The E-5 then lied to investigators about following proper procedures.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-4 and a reprimand.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the member obstructed justice by convincing a subordinate to lie about the incident.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-3 suspended, 45 days extra duty, and a reprimand.  The member was later discharged.

- An E-5 pointed an unloaded gun at two people, strangled one of them, and was drunk and disorderly.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-4 suspended, suspended forfeitures of $500 pay per month for two months, 45 days extra duty, and reprimand.

- An E-4 had an argument with another person and failed to obey an order not to contact the other person.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-3 suspended, 30 days extra duty, and a reprimand. 

- An E-4 did not show up for work on time because he got drunk the night before.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-3 and a reprimand.

- An E-3 used the drug MDA (Molly).  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-2 with reduction to E-1 suspended, 14 days extra duty, and a reprimand.  The member was later discharged.

- An E-3 did not follow proper procedures for use of a government vehicle that was damaged.  The E-3 then lied to investigators about following proper procedures.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-2 suspended, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- An E-3 was found sleeping on post.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-2 suspended, 30 days extra duty, and a reprimand. 

- An E-3 did not come to work.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-2 with reduction to E-1 suspended, forfeitures of $400 pay, 30 days extra duty, and a reprimand.

- An E-3 drove while drunk.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-2 and a reprimand.

- An E-2 stole an item from The Exchange.  Punishment consisted of reduction to E-1, suspended forfeitures of $773 pay and a reprimand.  The member was later discharged for this and additional misconduct.

A military member is subject to involuntary separation if the member does not show a potential for further service.  The most common bases for discharge are misconduct and unsatisfactory performance.  A discharge can be characterized as honorable; under honorable conditions (general); or under other than honorable conditions.

- An E-5 was discharged with an honorable characterization for failing four fitness assessments in a 24-month period.

- An E-4 was discharged with a general characterization after he repeatedly failed to report for duty.

- An E-4 was discharged with a general characterization after lying to supervisors and repeatedly failing to report for duty on time.

- An E-3 was discharged with a general characterization for distributing Percocet to another military member.

- An E-3 was discharged with a general characterization after being convicted for possessing several illegal substances, using and bringing marijuana onto Buckley Air Force Base, and lying to investigators.

- An E-2 was discharged with an honorable characterization for failing four fitness assessments in a 24-month period.
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