Thirteen Airmen receive Articles 15

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- When commanders decide to impose nonjudicial punishment, they have a variety of types of punishment from which to choose.

For enlisted members, that list generally includes a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, restriction (for example, to the base or from the clubs), extra duties and a reprimand. At some Air Force bases, correctional custody is also an option. Officers can receive forfeiture of pay, arrest in quarters, restriction and/or a reprimand as punishment.

While the facts of some offenses appear similar, commanders take into account the member's duty performance, attitude, potential, and disciplinary history, such as previous counselings, reprimands or nonjudicial punishment, when determining an appropriate punishment.

The following 13 Airmen received Articles 15 during December.

- An airman first class from 51st Communications Squadron failed to go to the appointed place of duty on time and failed to clean a dormitory room. Punishment was reduction to the grade of Airman, restriction to Osan for 30 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 30 days and a reprimand.

- A staff sergeant from 51st Civil Engineer Squadron operated a government owned vehicle while drunk and for personal reasons. Punishment was reduction to the grade of senior airman, suspended forfeiture of $200 pay per month for two months, restriction to Osan for 45 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 45 days, 10 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- A senior airman from 36th Fighter Squadron drafted a false official document. Punishment was reduction to grade of airman first class.

- A senior airman from 51st Maintenance Squadron wrongfully used provoking words toward Security Forces and was drunk and disorderly. Punishment was reduction to the grade of airman first class, restriction to Osan for 45 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 45 days, 45 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- An airman first class from 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was drinking underage and made a false official statement to Security Forces Town Patrol. Punishment was reduction to the grade of airman, restriction to Osan for 45 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 45 days, 45 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- A staff sergeant from 51st AMXS made a false official statement to Security Forces and was drunk and disorderly. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of senior airman, restriction to Osan for 45 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 45 days, 45 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- An airman from 51st Munitions Squadron failed to go at the time prescribed to the appointed place of duty on time and made a false official statement. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of airman basic, restriction to Osan for 30 days, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- A senior airman from 303rd Intelligence Squadron punched a fellow senior airman in the face. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of airman first class, forfeiture of $500 pay per month for two months, restriction to Osan for 30 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 30 days, 14 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- A technical sergeant from 303rd IS wrongfully used unauthorized study aids during an official test. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of staff sergeant, and forfeiture of $200 pay per month for two months.

- A staff sergeant from 554th RED HORSE Squadron wrongfully violated curfew and failed to obey a lawful order from Security Forces. Punishment was forfeiture of $250 pay per month for two months, restriction to Osan for 45 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 45 days and a reprimand.

- A senior airman from 607th Air Intelligence Squadron misused a Government Travel Card. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of airman first class, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

- An airman first class from 607th Combat Communications Squadron was drinking underage and was disorderly. Punishment was suspended reduction to the grade of airman, restriction to Camp Humphreys for 30 days and 30 days extra duty.

- An airman first class from 731st Air Mobility Squadron wrongfully used provoking words toward a captain, assaulted a technical sergeant by head-butting the technical sergeant in the face, and was drunk and disorderly. Punishment was reduction to the grade of airman, restriction to Osan for 30 days, restriction from all base alcohol facilities for 30 days, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.