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The ADC provides Air Force members who are suspected of an offense or facing potential adverse administrative actions with independent legal representation. The ADC is an experienced judge advocate outside the local chain of command which avoids even an appearance of possible command influence or conflicts of interest as well as allows Airmen to receive completely confidential legal advice.

 

Services Provided

The ADC's prime responsibility is to zealously and ethically represent clients during adverse military actions such as:

- Courts-martial and Article 32 hearings
- Article 15 actions
- Administrative discharge and Demotion actions
- Denial of Reenlistment
- Referral EPRs/OPRs
- Suspect Rights Advisements
- Line of Duty Investigations
- Reports of Survey
- LOCs, LOAs, and LORs
- UIF entries and control rosters
- Any other adverse actions in which counsel for an
individual is required or authorized

The ADC is not able to assist in certain areas such as personal civil legal matters and congressional complaints. However, if you have any questions as to the availability of our services, please call to make an appointment.

****The Area Defense Counsel is available for Air Force members only.

Location

The Area Defense Counsel is located in Building 151, 3rd floor. It is located right across from the education center and right in the center between the community bank and the combat gym.

Article 31 Rights

Under the provisions of Article 31, UCMJ, an Air Force member suspected of committing a criminal offense has the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a military lawyer free of charge prior to making any statements. Any statements a member makes, oral or written, may be used as evidence against them in a trial by court-martial or in other judicial or administrative proceedings. Members have the right to consult a lawyer and to have a lawyer present while being interviewed or interrogated by authorities. In addition to military counsel, members are entitled to civilian counsel of their own choosing, at their own expense. Members may stop the questioning or request a lawyer at any time during questioning. The fact that a member exercises the right to remain silent or the right to consult with an attorney cannot be held against the member by Air Force authorities.

Office Hours

Monday- Thursday:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Friday:  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We are currently working by appointment only for all legal services: Notary, powers of attorney, and legal assistance.
For appointments or more information, call DSN: 452-6796 or commercial 06565-61-6796.

Please be courteous and if you are running late, please give us a call to let us know. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment without notice, it will be automatically cancelled.

For additional information please go to the “Spangdahlem Air Base Legal Office” Facebook page.

Mailing Address:
52 FW/JA
UNIT 3683
APO, AE 09126-3683

E-mail: 
52fw.jaadm@us.af.mil