JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas --
During September 2016, Joint Base San Antonio commanders administered 18 non-judicial punishment actions under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record.
A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or fails to satisfy the conditions of the suspension. The suspension period usually lasts for six months unless a lesser amount is specified.
Administrative discharge may also be an option for commanders after the conclusion of an Article 15, depending on the circumstances. The following are some of the non-judicial punishment actions that closed out in September. Decisions regarding discharge are not included.
Conduct unbecoming an officer: A major plagiarized an assignment in the Air Command and Staff College distance learning program. The member received forfeiture of $3,724 pay for one month, suspended forfeiture of $3,474 pay per month for one month and a reprimand.
Willful dereliction of duty: A senior airman willfully failed to refrain from engaging in offensive, inappropriate, and service-discrediting behavior on social networking platforms. The airman received a reduction to the grade of airman first class, forfeiture of $1,041 pay per month for two months with one month suspended, 45 days of extra duty and a reprimand.
Other offenses under Article 134 (providing alcohol to a minor): An airman first class in technical training unlawfully provided alcohol to another member who was under the age of 21. The member received a reduction to the grade of airman, forfeiture of $878 pay per month for two months with one month suspended and a reprimand.
Willful dereliction of duty: An airman basic in technical training was caught looking at another student’s test during an examination. The member received 14 days extra duty, 14 days restriction to base, forfeiture of $783 pay per month for two months with one month suspended and a reprimand.
Larceny – An airman basic in technical training stole six lipsticks and a tube of eyelash glue from the Base Exchange. The member received 30 days extra duty, 30 days restriction to base, forfeiture of $783 pay per month for two months with one month suspended and a reprimand.
Drunk and disorderly, disrespect to a commissioned officer, wrongfully altering an ID: An airman basic in technical training was found drunk and vomiting in the bathroom of a building. When Security Forces arrived to assist, the member was disrespectful to a commissioned officer, calling him “bro” and “dude.” It was also discovered that the member had altered the birth date on his ID card to make 1997 look like 1992. The member received 30 days extra duty, 30 days restriction to base, forfeiture of $783 pay per month for two months with one month suspended and a reprimand.
Use of a controlled substance: An airman first class in technical training tested positive on a urinalysis for the use of marijuana. The member received a reduction in grade to airman basic, forfeiture of $783 pay per month for two months (suspended) and a reprimand.
Failure to go, failure to obey: A technical sergeant failed to go to his prescribed place of duty and failed to provide work materials to a superior as directed to do. The member received a reduction to the grade of staff sergeant (suspended), 45 days extra duty and a reprimand.
(Source: 502nd Air Base Wing Judge Advocate General Office)