When you are charged with a military crime, you rarely get the benefit
of the doubt. The prosecution has the upper hand from the start, and it
is not uncommon for military lawyers to coax their clients into pleading
guilty and taking the first offer that comes their way. Experienced
Edwards AFB UCMJ attorney Joseph L. Jordan fights leaves no stone unturned in presenting his clients'
side of the story, giving them a fair chance even when the evidence seems
In one of Mr. Jordan's successful cases at
Edwards AFB, he helped a Test Parachutist escape punitive discharge and saved his
career. The client in question – a seasoned military test parachutist
- had been accused of violating Article 81, Article 132 and Article 134.
He was accused of overbilling the government and charging them for lift
and jump services not rendered by a contract vendor.
Mr. Jordan guided his client (a) not to talk to government investigators
and (b) to request for individual military counsel from Capt Robert Crayne,
Mr. Jordan's law school classmate who would strengthen the defense
team. Capt Crayne and Mr. Jordan personally visited Edwards AFB to investigate
the issue. After examining OSI interrogation videos, evaluating every
aspect of the case, interviewing 30 witnesses and understanding the authorization
mechanisms surrounding Air Force Parachutists, Mr. Jordan showed that
the government had not conducted its investigations properly. By using
the government's evidence against them, he pointed out the authorization
on every invoice, essentially showing that his client had proceeded after
request for services had been officially granted.
Mr. Jordan's client was acquitted of conspiracy, wrongful receipt of
government funds and making false claims, and found guilty of obstruction
of justice. He was saved from punitive discharge, and let off with a reprimand
and reduction in grade one rank.
History and overview of Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base is located about 22 miles north-east of Lancaster,
California. It is the Air Force Material Command center of excellence
for R&D, and test and evaluation of aerospace systems for the United
States and its allies. It has served as the primary proving ground of
the Air Force's weapon systems, assessing their training, combat and
combat support capabilities.
Edwards AFB is named after World War II hero Captain Glen Walter Edwards.
It has played a key role in developing literally every aircraft to enter
the Air Force inventory since World War II. As the base is located next
to Rogers Dry Lake – a national historic landmark – it is
equipped with a large and dry landing area, which is perfect for flight
testing. The base has a rich history, and its commitment to excellence
in ground and flight testing is rooted in its motto 'Ad Inexplorata...Toward
Present day base
According to the 2010 census, Edwards AFB had a population of 2,063, with
a majority of the residents in the age group of 25-44 years (38.9%). The
base has been succesfully developmental tests and assessments of space,
air and cyber systems to provide accurate and timely information to decision
makers. It also actively conducts workshops and organizes events for active
members and their families to partake in.
Military justice actions at Edwards AFB
Instances of military crimes have been actively reported at the base, and
its official website also documents cases to update members and reiterate
their obligations with regard to professional code of conduct. While military
crime reports often state violations and punishments without going to
the heart of the issue, it is often the Edwards AFB UCMJ attorney handling
the particular case and the parties involved, who know both sides of the
story. It is important for service members to understand their rights
and fight accusations. Failing to put up a strong defense can have potentially
disastrous consequences on their career. Mr. Jordan advises individuals
accused of military crimes to engage the services of an experienced court
martial lawyer who understands the machinations of the prosecution to
seek conviction at any cost.
Among instances of military crimes at Edwards AFB, some include:
In 2010, a technical sergeant assigned to the 95
th Security Forces Squadron was found guilty of committing adultery, and
sentenced to 90 days of hard labor without confinement, and a reduction in rank
- In 2012 courts martial action, a senior airman purchased and used various
controlled substances from Phoenix, Arizona, and brought them back to
his dorm at Edwards AFB. He subsequently received a Bad Conduct Discharge,
total forfeiture of pay and allowances, and six months confinement.
- Multiple instances of Article 15 violations among airmen were awarded non-judicial
punishment in 2012 and 2013
Why only a trusted Edwards AFB military criminal defense lawyer will do
Joseph L. Jordan has a strong track-record of successfully challenging
Article 120, an other UCMJ cases. A seasoned
Edwards AFB UCMJ lawyer, he is also a former service member who has led exhaustive investigations
to present clients' side of the story compellingly. Personnel on active
duty at the base accused of any military crime can rely on Mr. Jordan's
considerable experience to win a favorable outcome.