Being accused of military crimes is a serious issue as the military treats law offenders in a very strict manner. If you do not have a professional Hanscom AFB military criminal defense lawyer representing you, your case might falter in front of the judge. To save your career and reputation, it is important to hire a knowledgeable attorney who is well-aware of military law, and can fight for your rights during the court proceedings.


The history of Hanscom AFB dates back to the beginning of World War II. At that time, the U.S.A. was contemplating its participation in the war. In 1941, a large piece of land was purchased for the Boston Auxiliary Airport. The Massachusetts Legislature gave permission to buy this piece of land, which bordered the towns of Bedford, Lincoln, Concord and Lexington. The federal government provided monetary resources of up to $40 million. The funds were acquired with the aim of constructing 250 civil airports all over the United States for national defense use.

In 1942, the War Department was permitted to use the Bedford airport to train Army Air Forces. Between 1942 and 1943 many squadrons trained at the airport, including the 85th Fighter Squadrons and 318th Fighter Squadrons who flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Both squadrons went on to fight in North Africa and Europe. The airport was renamed Laurence G. Hanscom Field after a reporter who worked for the Worchester Telegram-Gazette, who died in a plane crash.

During the war, Bedford Army Air Field was used as a test site for newly developed radar sets. These radar sets were developed by MIT's Radiation Laboratory. In 1945, Hanscom Air Field became a center for development for the Air Force. It was also where the Air Force acquired most of its electronic technologies.

Eventually, MIT's new research wing – Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories – replaced MIT's test site at the Hanscom Air Field. The runways at the airfield were upgraded and revamped in 1953 for the new buildings of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. To give support to the one of the laboratory's experiments, the 6520th Test Support Wing amassed thousands of flying hours.

In September 1973, Hanscom discontinued all its military flying operations and the Air Force ended the lease as well, retaining its right to use the airfield. The Air Force only kept its area which surrounded the field and named it Laurence G. Hanscom Air Force Base. Later, its name was shortened to Hanscom Air Force Base.

In July 1992, the air force base joined the Air Force Material Command. The Air Force renamed the Electronic Systems Center to the Air Force Center of Excellence for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I).


Hanscom AFB is the headquarter for the 66th Air Base Group. The group is involved in providing support to military men and their families with quality-of life-opportunities. It is also a part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. It deals with the management of the total life cycle of military weapon systems. Hanscom AFB's mission is to manage the development and the acquisition of electronic command and control systems.

The systems collect information about enemy forces and pass it on to the commanders. This information helps commanders make decisions regarding combat operations. The base is headed by Col. Lester A. "JR" Weilacher, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Poling who is the current Hanscom Air Force Base Senior Enlisted Advisor.

The total base population at Hanscom AFB is 5,828. There are 922 active duty officers, 2,037 DoD civilians, and 92 Reservists. The rest of the population consists of non DoD civilians and contractors.

Luckily, Hanscom Air Force Base has a very low crime rate, because of its Crime Prevention program. However, there was a case in 2013, which involved a senior chief operations specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard who was charged with failing to register a firearm at the Hanscom AFB, and also for being in possession of a firearm without a license. Hanscom AFB has reported crimes such as assault, larceny and property damage.


A skilled Hanscom AFB military criminal defense lawyer can provide the kind of assistance, required for your court case. With over 10 years of experience in the military, criminal defense attorney Joseph L. Jordan knows the ins and outs of the military law system.

If you have been accused of military crimes such as drug use, aggravated sexual assault, or obstruction of justice, he can give you the fair trial you are entitled to. Call (866) 266-9381 today to get started.


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