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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A senior airman here was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days’ confinement for two altercations with “town patrol” members.

Senior Airman Frederick B. Thomas, an E-4, also was reduced to E-3 in a special court-martial, according to Capt. Tamona Bright, a prosecutor with the 51st Fighter Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

Thomas pleaded guilty to disrespecting a noncommissioned officer; resisting apprehension; assault consummated by battery and drunk and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty to failure to obey an order; breach of peace; and communicating a threat.

Bright said the majority of charges stemmed from a July 15 incident at an off-base club in which a member of the town patrol — troops who patrol the local entertainment areas — thought Thomas was cutting in line and ordered him to the back.

“Thomas became aggressive and combative,” she said.

The assault consummated by battery charge stemmed from a Sept. 18 incident, Bright said. The town patrol was responding to a fight in a club and pushed people out of the way to get to the scene, Bright said. Thomas was one of those “moved,” and he pushed a town patrol member from behind.

Thomas faced a maximum sentence of reduction to E-1, forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for 12 months and a bad-conduct discharge.


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