Kadena airman sentenced for showing up drunk to work
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — An airman who showed up drunk to work and lied about it to a noncommissioned officer was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a bad-conduct discharge at a court-martial Thursday.
Brandon Kent, 19, formerly of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, is being confined at the Camp Hansen Brig and also received a reduction to airman basic.
Kent was also convicted of several lesser violations, according to Air Force officials. He disobeyed conditions on liberty order by leaving base May 28, was caught sleeping on duty June 13 and reported late to work twice last month.
The court-martial wasn’t the first brush with authority for Kent, who has been stationed at Kadena since June 2004.
He was earlier fined 200,000 yen (about $1,800) by Japanese authorities for an off-base DUI conviction. He also had received one letter of counseling, eight letters of reprimand and an Article 15 action.
Kent can now submit a written clemency report to 18th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas before he takes final action on the case.