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The vast majority of Fort Drum Soldiers are upstanding and law abiding individuals.  Unfortunately, every once in a whil...
04/12/2021

The vast majority of Fort Drum Soldiers are upstanding and law abiding individuals. Unfortunately, every once in a while Soldiers still commit misconduct. A conviction at a Court-Martial is a federal conviction that will follow you for life. Think before you act, and keep each other safe. Please check out the Jagged Peak for some of the efforts of the Command, Law Enforcement and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate to police our own and ensure the safety of our community.

04/01/2021

Staff Sergeant Sentenced to 13.75 years of Confinement and a Dishonorable Discharge for Rape and Assault

On 30 March, 2021, a military judge convicted SSG Randall Hughes, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of two counts of assault consummated by a battery, two counts of rape, one count of sexual abuse of a child, one count of assault consummated by a battery on a child, one count of indecent language and one count of adultery. He was sentenced to 165 months of confinement and a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

The case was begun at the 174th Infantry Brigade at Fort Dix, NJ, and then prosecuted by the 10th Mountain Military Justice Office at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

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04/01/2021

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JUST RELEASED: MILPER Message Number 21-096, 2021 Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) Selection Board (Academic Year 22-23)

Mark Your Calendars! The application window for the FLEP will be open from 1 Aug 21 - 1 Nov 21 at https://www.jagcnet.army.mil/applynow.

Title 10, U.S.C., Section 2004, authorizes The Judge Advocate General to select up to 25 commissioned and noncommissioned officers for law school attendance each fiscal year. The FLEP Selection Board considers eligible Regular Army Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants First Class, Staff Sergeants, and Sergeants from eligible branches for detail to the Judge Advocate General's Corps and a funded legal education.

The following non-waiverable criteria must be met:

a) must be a U.S. citizen on active duty in the grades of O-1 through O-3 or E-5 though E-7, while applying and at the time of selection.

b) must be a graduate of an accredited college or university, having earned a bachelor's degree.

c) for commissioned officers: 2-6 years of active duty service, including prior warrant officer and enlisted service, as of the law school start date.

d) for NCOs: 4-8 years of active duty service, including prior enlisted service, as of the law school start date.

e) must have at least a secret security clearance.

f) must not have an approved resignation or separation date.

The 2021 FLEP Selection Board will convene on or about 1 Dec 21. The results will be published NLT the first week on January 2022 at https://www.jagcnet.army.mil.

03/17/2021

Soldier Sentenced to 37 days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Desertion

On 16 March, 2021, a military judge convicted PV2 Daniel Alegria, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of one count of desertion and one count of AWOL for leaving his unit at Fort Drum and intending to remain away. He was sentenced to 37 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge from the Army.

The case was prosecuted by the Military Justice Office at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York, with the assistance of the 1BCT Legal Team.

03/16/2021

Soldier Sentenced to 35 years Confinement for Raping a Child

On 15 March, 2021, a General Court-Martial convicted SPC Steven A. Navarro of raping a child under the age of 12, and producing and possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to 35 years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge. This case was investigated by the Fort Drum CID office, and prosecuted by the Special Victims Team of the OSJA, with assistance and support from the 1BCT Brigade Legal Office.

03/11/2021

Sergeant Sentenced to 60 Days Hard Labor and Reduction to E-2 for Fraternization

On 10 March, 2021, a Special Court-Martial panel convicted SGT Gaige Caward of violating a general regulation for fraternizing with a junior enlisted Soldier. He was sentenced to 60 days hard labor, and to be reduced to an E-2.

02/19/2021

Soldier Sentenced to 30 days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Desertion

On 19 February, 2021, a military judge convicted SPC Dakota Beebe, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of two counts of desertion in violation of Article 85, UCMJ, for leaving his unit at Fort Drum and intending to remain away. He was sentenced to 30 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge from the Army.

The case was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

02/19/2021

Chief Warrant Officer Sentenced to Forfeitures and Reprimand for Sexual Harassment

On 17 February, 2021, a military judge convicted CW4 Craig Parker, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of one count of maltreatment of a subordinate and three counts of conduct unbecoming an officer in violation of Articles 93 and 133, UCMJ, for sexual harassment against other Soldiers. He was sentenced to forfeit $5,544 each month for five months, and to be reprimanded. This also means he now has federal felony convictions.

The case was investigated by the Command, and prosecuted at a General Court-Martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

02/19/2021

Soldier Sentenced to 14 days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Larceny

On 12 February, 2021, a military judge convicted PFC Jakob Gadd, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of one count of larceny, one count of damaging property and one count of unlawful entry in violation of Articles 121, 129 and 109, UCMJ, for stealing the boat of a fellow servicemember. He was sentenced to 14 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a special court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

01/13/2021
Add the Mountain Law spirit to your holiday decorations with the OSJA 2020 Holiday Ornament!  The order has shipped and ...
12/08/2020

Add the Mountain Law spirit to your holiday decorations with the OSJA 2020 Holiday Ornament! The order has shipped and we have a few extra ornaments available to purchase. The cost is $12 and you can order by sending an email to [email protected]. The ornaments are only being sold to add a bit of 10th Mountain spirit to the holidays and are not being sold as a fundraiser. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Add the Mountain Law spirit to your holiday decorations with the OSJA 2020 Holiday Ornament! The order has shipped and we have a few extra ornaments available to purchase. The cost is $12 and you can order by sending an email to [email protected]. The ornaments are only being sold to add a bit of 10th Mountain spirit to the holidays and are not being sold as a fundraiser. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Thank you to all of the wonderful paralegals in our office and around the division on National Paralegal Day.  Whether i...
10/23/2020

Thank you to all of the wonderful paralegals in our office and around the division on National Paralegal Day. Whether it’s helping a Soldier with a power of attorney or working straight through the weekend on a trial, paralegals make it happen every day.

Discipline is the foundation of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).  No one enjoys this part of the job, but th...
10/20/2020

Discipline is the foundation of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). No one enjoys this part of the job, but the few Soldiers within our formation that do break the law must be held accountable through the appropriate administrative or criminal channels. Before making a bad choice, please call a battle buddy or a leader for help.

Check out The Jagged Peak for more information on actions taken in response to misconduct in the last quarter.

10/08/2020

NCO Sentenced to 9 months Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Domestic Violence

On 7 October 2020 a military judge convicted SGT Michael Hollingsworth, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of two counts of domestic violence in violation of Article 128b, UCMJ, one specification of aggravated assault in violation of Article 128, UCMJ, one specification of assault by strangulation in violation of Article 128b, UCMJ, and one specification of wrongful distribution of an intimate visual image in violation of Article 117a, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 9 months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

10/03/2020

NCO Sentenced to 7 years Confinement and a Dishonorable Discharge for Rape

On 2 October 2020 a court-martial of officer and enlisted members convicted SGT Ashraf Warda, United States Army, of rape in violation of Article 120, UCMJ. He was sentenced to 7 years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge.

This case was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

09/23/2020

Soldier Sentenced to 29 Days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for going AWOL

On 23 September 2020 a military judge convicted PV2 Shaquan Dobson, United States Army, of going absence without leave in violation of Article 86, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 29 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

09/17/2020

NCO Sentenced to 8 years Confinement and a Dishonorable Discharge for Sexually Abusing Children

On 16 September 2020 a military judge convicted SFC Joel Johnston, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, of two counts of sexual abuse of a child in violation of Article 120b, UCMJ, one specification of indecent communication in violation of Article 134, UCMJ, two specifications of abusive sexual contact in violation of Article 120, UCMJ, and two specifications of communicating a threat in violation of Article 115, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 8 years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

09/17/2020

Soldier Sentenced to 15 Days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for going AWOL

On 11 September 2020 a military judge convicted PV2 Tucker Wright, United States Army, of two specifications of absence without leave in violation of Article 86, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 15 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was prosecuted at a special court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

Officers and NCOs Eligible for Law School at Government ExpenseThe Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting app...
09/01/2020

Officers and NCOs Eligible for Law School at Government Expense

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers and – new this year – noncommissioned officers to civilian law school at government expense. Selected officers and NCOs will attend law school beginning in fall 2021 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Applications must be received no later than Nov. 1. Early submissions are welcome.

Interested officers and NCOs should review Army Military Personnel Message 20-135 and Chapter 10, AR 27-1, “The Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program,” to determine if they are eligible.

This program is open to regular Army captains, lieutenants, sergeants 1st class, staff sergeants and sergeants from the Operations, Operations Support, Force Sustainment, and Health Services divisions, as well as Army Special Operations Force and Cyber.

Commissioned officer applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of active federal service at the time legal training begins. NCO applicants must have at least four, but not more than eight, years of total active federal service at the start of school. Eligibility is governed by statute, 10 U.S.C. 2004, and is non-waivable.

Interested officers and NCOs should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Visit www.lsac.org/lsat for full details on LSAT dates and registration deadlines.

Applicants must route their application through command channels, to include the individual’s branch manager at HRC, to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310.

Electronic applications in PDF format also can be emailed to [email protected].

Contact the Fort Drum Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for further information about the Funded Legal Application Program.

Officers and NCOs Eligible for Law School at Government Expense

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers and – new this year – noncommissioned officers to civilian law school at government expense. Selected officers and NCOs will attend law school beginning in fall 2021 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Applications must be received no later than Nov. 1. Early submissions are welcome.

Interested officers and NCOs should review Army Military Personnel Message 20-135 and Chapter 10, AR 27-1, “The Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program,” to determine if they are eligible.

This program is open to regular Army captains, lieutenants, sergeants 1st class, staff sergeants and sergeants from the Operations, Operations Support, Force Sustainment, and Health Services divisions, as well as Army Special Operations Force and Cyber.

Commissioned officer applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of active federal service at the time legal training begins. NCO applicants must have at least four, but not more than eight, years of total active federal service at the start of school. Eligibility is governed by statute, 10 U.S.C. 2004, and is non-waivable.

Interested officers and NCOs should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Visit www.lsac.org/lsat for full details on LSAT dates and registration deadlines.

Applicants must route their application through command channels, to include the individual’s branch manager at HRC, to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310.

Electronic applications in PDF format also can be emailed to [email protected].

Contact the Fort Drum Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for further information about the Funded Legal Application Program.

08/25/2020

Soldier Sentenced to 179 Days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Lying to CID

On 19 August 2020 a military judge convicted SPC Joshua Conner, United States Army, of two specifications of giving a false official statement to law enforcement in violation of Article 107, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 179 days of confinement, reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

08/24/2020

NCO Sentenced to 45 Days Confinement and a Bad Conduct Discharge for Larceny

On 11 August 2020 a military judge convicted SGT Andre B. Redding-Williams, United States Army, pursuant to his pleas, on one specification of larceny of private property - firearms in violation of Article 121, UCMJ, and one specification of false official statement in violation of Article 107, UCMJ, and sentenced him to 45 days of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

Please congratulate the Fort Drum Legal Assistance office for their outstanding performance.
08/05/2020

Please congratulate the Fort Drum Legal Assistance office for their outstanding performance.

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance---JOB WELL DONE!!!

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07/30/2020

NCO Sentenced to 20 Years for Sexual Abuse of a Child

On 29 July 2020 a military panel consisting of officers and enlisted members sentenced SFC Roberto Aikanoff, United States Army, to 20 years of confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to E-1, and total forfeitures of pays and allowances on 7 specifications of Sexual Abuse of a Child.

The panel members convicted SFC Aikanoff of the 7 specifications of Sexual Abuse of a Child, in violation of Article 120b Uniform Code of Military Justice, following a 10 day trial. They acquitted SFC Aikanoff of 4 specifications of Rape of a Child, 4 specifications of Attempted Rape of a Child, and 2 specifications of Sexual Abuse of a Child.

As a result of his conviction, SFC Aikanoff will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from confinement.

This case was investigated by U.S. Army CID and was prosecuted at a general court-martial convened at Fort Drum, New York.

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