JA | Judge Advocate

JA Mission Statement

The mission of AFDW JA is to deliver on-point, on-time, professional, candid, independent counsel, and full-spectrum legal capabilities to execute contingency response, ceremonial honors, and operational support across the Nation’s Capital and worldwide.

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Please note: The availability of the services listed below will vary depending on the Personnel Accounting Symbol (PAS) Code assigned within the command.

Actions Under Article 15 UCMJ (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC when he or she is a the "next superior authority" for an appeal, Officer Selection Record (OSR) Review, and/or SNCO Selection Record Review during the Article 15, UCMJ process for members attached to the Worldwide Mission IAW DAFI 51-201, para. 2.6 and AFPD 51-5, para. 3.3.1.1.7.  We also advise the AFDW Section CC and/or AFDW/CC on all Article 15, UCMJ actions from cradle-to-grave for USAF members assigned to HQ, AFDW by working with law enforcement agencies to review the evidence and ensure legal sufficiency of nonjudicial punishment actions.
Administrative Actions & Other Actions Requiring Command Authority For Members of HAF, and for Members Who are Assigned to an Organization Not Subordinate to a USAF General Court-Martial Convening Authority and Who are Not Assigned to a USAF CC Authorized to Exercise General or Special Court-Martial Convening Authority, Among Others, IAW DAFPD51-2. (JA-CivLaw & Military Justice)

Civil Law:  Legal services in support of adverse civilian personnel actions, civilian employee federal court litigation, civilian employee administrative litigation (MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, FSIP, OSC, FMCS, arbitrations, unemployment comp, and workers’ comp), bargaining unit matters, Dept. of Labor actions, OPM claims, affirmative action plans, EEO complaints, and general civilian personnel issues. Legal services in support of quality force management, standards of conduct and ethics, Articles 138/139 complaints, IG and commander-directed investigations, accident/mishap investigations, congressional inquiries, FOIA and Privacy Act requests, reports of survey, line of duty determinations, garments, regulation review and interpretation, member financial responsibility, on-base private organizations and fundraising, communications and info technology, command authorities and responsibilities, and myriad other legal issues affecting base operations; participation in committees and working groups. Military Justice: We advise the AFDW/CC on other administrative actions taken against members of the Worldwide mission and/or HQ/AFDW such as Records of Individual Counseling (RICs), Letters of Counseling (LOC), Letters of Admonishment (LOA), Letters of Reprimand (LOR), Promotion Proprietary Actions (PPA), Administrative Demotions, Administrative Discharges and waiver of discharge requests, Boards of Inquiry (BOI), Officer Grade Determinations (OGDs), Unfavorable Information File (UIF) actions, Control Rosters, and Return to Service actions.  We also process legal reviews for G-Series orders and ensure completion of mandatory training under Article 137, UCMJ and advise on requests for delivery of military personnel to federal, state, or local authorities.   

Legal Advice & Reviews (JA-CivLaw) Legal services in support of contractor or government procurement claims and termination actions, bid protests, pre- and post-award contract advice, bankruptcy actions, intellectual property claims, contract ratification actions, procurement fraud, non-appropriated fund instrumentalities, contractor employee issues, strategic sourcing (e.g., in-sourcing and A-76 studies), fiscal law, utility and housing privatization, small business matters, and AF contract litigation. 
General Court-Martial Convening Authority / Responsibilities (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC regarding his Summary, Special, and General Court-Martial Convening Authority.  This includes providing support to subordinate wings through law enforcements investigations, jurisdiction requests, case management oversight, search and seizure requests and pretrial investigative subpoenas, pre-trial confinement support, outreach and training, assisting in developing charges and providing pretrial advice on preferral, referral, and convening order actions under command authority, recall to active duty requests, Retirement or Resignation in Lieu of Court-Martial (RILO) requests, discharge in lieu of court-martial requests, plea agreements, immunity requests, and expert witness testimony processing.  We also support the AFDW/CC and subordinate wings through the post-sentencing process including Record of Trial assembly and review, Convening Authority Decisions on Action, clemency, reviewing cases for error under Articles 64-65, UCMJ, and completing Final Orders following appellate review.
Acquisition Fraud Counsel in Support of Headquarters Air Force Contracts (JA-CivLaw) Legal services in support of AFDW/PK contracting officers on procurement and acquisition fraud, including coordination and interfacing with SAF/GCR, HAF JA, AF litigation directorates, AFOSI, and US Attorney's Office/DOJ.
Actions Under Article 15 UCMJ (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC when he or she is a the "next superior authority" for an appeal, Officer Selection Record (OSR) Review, and/or SNCO Selection Record Review during the Article 15, UCMJ process for members attached to the Worldwide Mission IAW DAFI 51-201, para. 2.6 and AFPD 51-5, para. 3.3.1.1.7.  We also advise the AFDW Section CC and/or AFDW/CC on all Article 15, UCMJ actions from cradle-to-grave for USAF members assigned to HQ, AFDW by working with law enforcement agencies to review the evidence and ensure legal sufficiency of nonjudicial punishment actions.
Administrative Actions & Other Actions Requiring Command Authority For Members of HAF, and for Members Who are Assigned to an Organization Not Subordinate to a USAF General Court-Martial Convening Authority and Who are Not Assigned to a USAF CC Authorized to Exercise General or Special Court-Martial Convening Authority, Among Others, IAW DAFPD51-2. (JA-CivLaw & Military Justice) Civil Law:  Legal services in support of adverse civilian personnel actions, civilian employee federal court litigation, civilian employee administrative litigation (MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, FSIP, OSC, FMCS, arbitrations, unemployment comp, and workers’ comp), bargaining unit matters, Dept. of Labor actions, OPM claims, affirmative action plans, EEO complaints, and general civilian personnel issues. Legal services in support of quality force management, standards of conduct and ethics, Articles 138/139 complaints, IG and commander-directed investigations, accident/mishap investigations, congressional inquiries, FOIA and Privacy Act requests, reports of survey, line of duty determinations, barments, regulation review and interpretation, member financial responsibility, on-base private organizations and fundraising, communications and info technology, command authorities and responsibilities, and myriad other legal issues affecting base operations; participation in committees and working groups. Military Justice: We advise the AFDW/CC on other administrative actions taken against members of the Worldwide mission and/or HQ/AFDW such as Records of Individual Counseling (RICs), Letters of Counseling (LOC), Letters of Admonishment (LOA), Letters of Reprimand (LOR), Promotion Proprietary Actions (PPA), Administrative Demotions, Administrative Discharges and waiver of discharge requests, Boards of Inquiry (BOI), Officer Grade Determinations (OGDs), Unfavorable Information File (UIF) actions, Control Rosters, and Return to Service actions.  We also process legal reviews for G-Series orders and ensure completion of mandatory training under Article 137, UCMJ and advise on requests for delivery of military personnel to federal, state, or local authorities.   
General Legal Services for the Air Staff in the areas of Military Justice When Authorized  
Legal Advice & Legal Reviews to AFDW Contracting Directorate (PK) and AFDW Customer Contracts (JA-CivLaw) Legal services in support of contractor or government procurement claims and termination actions, bid protests, pre- and post-award contract advice, bankruptcy actions, intellectual property claims, contract ratification actions, procurement fraud, non-appropriated fund instrumentalities, contractor employee issues, strategic sourcing (e.g., in-sourcing and A-76 studies), fiscal law, utility and housing privatization, small business matters, and AF contract litigation. 
Policy, Guidance, & Oversight for JA (JA-CivLaw)

Oversight of Wing Civ Law programs (contracts, enviro, labor, admin).  Policy review of instructions.  Oversight of AFDW/JA attorneys.

General Court-Martial Convening Authority / Responsibilities (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC regarding his Summary, Special, and General Court-Martial Convening Authority.  This includes providing support to subordinate wings through law enforcements investigations, jurisdiction requests, case management oversight, search and seizure requests and pretrial investigative subpoenas, pre-trial confinement support, outreach and training, assisting in developing charges and providing pretrial advice on preferral, referral, and convening order actions under command authority, recall to active duty requests, Retirement or Resignation in Lieu of Court-Martial (RILO) requests, discharge in lieu of court-martial requests, plea agreements, immunity requests, and expert witness testimony processing.  We also support the AFDW/CC and subordinate wings through the post-sentencing process including Record of Trial assembly and review, Convening Authority Decisions on Action, clemency, reviewing cases for error under Articles 64-65, UCMJ, and completing Final Orders following appellate review.
Acquisition Fraud Counsel in Support of Headquarters Air Force Contracts (JA-CivLaw) Legal services in support of AFDW/PK contracting officers on procurement and acquisition fraud, including coordination and interfacing with SAF/GCR, HAF JA, AF litigation directorates, AFOSI, and US Attorney's Office/DOJ.
Actions Under Article 15 UCMJ (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC when he or she is a the "next superior authority" for an appeal, Officer Selection Record (OSR) Review, and/or SNCO Selection Record Review during the Article 15, UCMJ process for members attached to the Worldwide Mission IAW DAFI 51-201, para. 2.6 and AFPD 51-5, para. 3.3.1.1.7.  We also advise the AFDW Section CC and/or AFDW/CC on all Article 15, UCMJ actions from cradle-to-grave for USAF members assigned to HQ, AFDW by working with law enforcement agencies to review the evidence and ensure legal sufficiency of nonjudicial punishment actions.
Administrative Actions & Other Actions Requiring Command Authority For Members of HAF, and for Members Who are Assigned to an Organization Not Subordinate to a USAF General Court-Martial Convening Authority and Who are Not Assigned to a USAF CC Authorized to Exercise General or Special Court-Martial Convening Authority, Among Others, IAW DAFPD51-2. (JA-CivLaw & Military Justice) Civil Law:  Legal services in support of adverse civilian personnel actions, civilian employee federal court litigation, civilian employee administrative litigation (MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, FSIP, OSC, FMCS, arbitrations, unemployment comp, and workers’ comp), bargaining unit matters, Dept. of Labor actions, OPM claims, affirmative action plans, EEO complaints, and general civilian personnel issues. Legal services in support of quality force management, standards of conduct and ethics, Articles 138/139 complaints, IG and commander-directed investigations, accident/mishap investigations, congressional inquiries, FOIA and Privacy Act requests, reports of survey, line of duty determinations, barments, regulation review and interpretation, member financial responsibility, on-base private organizations and fundraising, communications and info technology, command authorities and responsibilities, and myriad other legal issues affecting base operations; participation in committees and working groups. Military Justice: We advise the AFDW/CC on other administrative actions taken against members of the Worldwide mission and/or HQ/AFDW such as Records of Individual Counseling (RICs), Letters of Counseling (LOC), Letters of Admonishment (LOA), Letters of Reprimand (LOR), Promotion Proprietary Actions (PPA), Administrative Demotions, Administrative Discharges and waiver of discharge requests, Boards of Inquiry (BOI), Officer Grade Determinations (OGDs), Unfavorable Information File (UIF) actions, Control Rosters, and Return to Service actions.  We also process legal reviews for G-Series orders and ensure completion of mandatory training under Article 137, UCMJ and advise on requests for delivery of military personnel to federal, state, or local authorities.   
General Legal Services for the Air Staff in the areas of Military Justice When Authorized  
Legal Advice & Legal Reviews to AFDW Contracting Directorate (PK) and AFDW Customer Contracts (JA-CivLaw) Legal services in support of contractor or government procurement claims and termination actions, bid protests, pre- and post-award contract advice, bankruptcy actions, intellectual property claims, contract ratification actions, procurement fraud, non-appropriated fund instrumentalities, contractor employee issues, strategic sourcing (e.g., in-sourcing and A-76 studies), fiscal law, utility and housing privatization, small business matters, and AF contract litigation. 
Policy, Guidance, & Oversight for JA (JA-CivLaw)

Oversight of Wing Civ Law programs (contracts, enviro, labor, admin).  Policy review of instructions.  Oversight of AFDW/JA attorneys.

General Court-Martial Convening Authority / Responsibilities (JA-Military Justice) We advise the AFDW/CC regarding his Summary, Special, and General Court-Martial Convening Authority.  This includes providing support to subordinate wings through law enforcements investigations, jurisdiction requests, case management oversight, search and seizure requests and pretrial investigative subpoenas, pre-trial confinement support, outreach and training, assisting in developing charges and providing pretrial advice on preferral, referral, and convening order actions under command authority, recall to active duty requests, Retirement or Resignation in Lieu of Court-Martial (RILO) requests, discharge in lieu of court-martial requests, plea agreements, immunity requests, and expert witness testimony processing.  We also support the AFDW/CC and subordinate wings through the post-sentencing process including Record of Trial assembly and review, Convening Authority Decisions on Action, clemency, reviewing cases for error under Articles 64-65, UCMJ, and completing Final Orders following appellate review.

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