In a case which is still pending, a client of Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney At Law has had his flight status restored. Our client was one of three Air Force instructor pilots who were grounded over a series of text messages they sent which referenced drug use.


The text messages in question referenced “Molly,” a form of the street drug ecstasy, but in the context of lyrics from popular songs such as Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop.” The Air Force saw this as evidence that the pilots were engaged in distributing drugs, and promptly stripped the pilots of their wings while they awaited further consequences.

Congressional representatives Duncan Hunter and Adam Kinzinger quickly took the side of the pilots, adding that these references were “painfully misunderstood by investigators.” They proceeded to urge Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mark Welsh, to investigate the matter further.


Last week, the Air Force issued a release which stated that the allegations of misconduct were not “sufficiently substantiated by the evidence,” and as a result the pilots wings were returned. This decision comes more than 9 months after the pilots were initially punished, but reason ultimately prevailed. Two of the Airmen still face potential punishment related to other “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”

The Airmen are lucky that Reps. Hunter and Kinzinger helped them pursue justice. As a Marine Corps veteran and an Air Force veteran, respectively, Hunter and Kinzinger understood the very serious penalties the pilots were facing. The two “remain concerned… with parts of the military justice system” and have stated that they will work to address these issues.

If you are a U.S. military service member facing criminal charges or accusations, turn to our firm for civilian representation. Army veteran Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law is fully dedicated to defending accused military personnel. Military cases require unique understanding of the laws, procedures, and military culture, and you will find this high standard of representation at our firm.

Take action to defend your reputation and your future. Call us today at (866) 971-4355 to learn how we can help.

A military attorney performs many of the same duties as his civilian counterpart. The difference is that the attorney works for and with military personnel. Military legal personnel participate in court proceedings in courtrooms on military bases all across the globe.