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Goodfellow AFB Defense Attorney

Located in San Angelo, Texas, Goodfellow Air Force Base has been in operation since 1940. A non-flying base operated by the United States Air Force, Goodfellow Air Force Base is the training ground for cryptologic and intelligence training for all branches of the military. If you have been charged with wrongdoing while serving at Goodfellow AFB, contact attorney Patrick J. McLain right away.

Civilian Defense Counsel at Goodfellow AFB

It is important to take any disciplinary action seriously. In addition to the penalties that come with a conviction, you could also face separation proceedings. However, you could avoid these consequences entirely by beating the charges against you. 

Contact attorney and retired military judge Patrick J. McLain and attorney E. Allen Chandler immediately to discuss your options.

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Military Discipline at Goodfellow AFB

There are two types of military discipline commonly used at Goodfellow AFB: nonjudicial punishment and trial by court-martial.

Nonjudicial Punishment

Better known as Article 15 in the Air Force, nonjudicial punishment is not a formal criminal proceeding. While it will not lead to a criminal record, a conviction at an NJP could have a significant impact on your life.

An NJP is overseen by your commanding officer, who will make the decision in your case. If you disagree with the outcome, you have the right to appeal. However, that appeal will go up your chain of command instead of through a designated appellate court.

You have the right to reject the NJP process entirely. Instead, you would face trial by court-martial for the alleged offense. This is a risky option as court-martials typically carry tougher penalties than an NJP. However, the formal structure of a trial by court-martial has some advantages. No matter what, consult with an experienced defense attorney before you decide to reject nonjudicial punishment.


Unlike an NJP, a trial by court-martial could lead to a permanent mark on your criminal record. As a formal criminal proceeding, the outcome could follow you after your military career comes to an end.

Trials by court-martial are more formal than an Article 15. The rules of evidence are strict, and they are enforced by a military judge. You are entitled to appeal a conviction to an appellate court, and in some cases that appeal is automatic. At your trial or during your appeal, you have the right to fight back with the help of civilian defense counsel.

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Common Offenses at Goodfellow Air Force Base

A violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice could lead to either a trial by court-martial or Article 15 proceedings. Common charges are listed below.

Common NJP Offenses

  • Unauthorized absence (AWOL)
  • Drunk on duty
  • Fraternization
  • Violation of orders
  • Destroying government property

Common Court-Martial Offenses

Potential Penalties

Penalties in either NJP or a trial by court-martial are similar in some cases. In both proceedings, it is not uncommon for a conviction to lead to loss of pay, loss of rank, restriction, or extra duties. There are additional consequences in a trial by court-martial, however. These proceedings could lead to punitive discharge or confinement.


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