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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — A 35th Services Squadron airman recently was sentenced to 15 days’ confinement in the base jail for violating a no-contact order with a senior airman and lying to his first sergeant about it.

Benoit D. Green Jr. also was docked $400 in pay and reduced in rank to airman basic at the July 7 summary court-martial.

He was found not guilty of assaulting his wife — a military dependent — and three specifications each of pushing, choking and biting, according to Capt. Traci Cox, a prosecutor with 35th Fighter Wing’s Office of Staff Judge Advocate.

Green pleaded guilty to disobeying the no-contact order from his commander by calling the senior airman on June 9. He also pleaded guilty to making a false official statement when he told his acting first sergeant he hadn’t contacted the woman.

The prosecution called two witnesses to testify, Cox said: the airman’s wife and a Family Advocacy counselor. Defense witnesses included a physician, the airman’s first sergeant and law-enforcement officers.

Lt. Col. Cheryl A. Kearney of the 373rd Intelligence Group presided as the summary court officer. Cox prosecuted the case along with Capt. Jared Grimmer, also of Misawa. Capt. Jon Wasden, the base’s area defense counsel, represented Green.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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