Europe briefs: Airman found guilty of discrediting armed forces
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman assigned to the 31st Security Forces Squadron was found guilty of disrespecting an officer and striking another airman.
In a summary court-martial on Friday, Airman Anthony Briggs also was found guilty of bringing discredit upon the armed forces for his actions Sept. 15, according to a document released by the base public affairs office. He was sentenced to reduction in rank to E-1 and 20 days’ confinement.
According to the document, Briggs pleaded guilty to the first two charges and not guilty to discrediting the armed forces, but he was found guilty on all three charges.
Airman guilty of illegal medication distributionAVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman assigned to the 31st Aerospace Medicine Squadron was found guilty of lying about her identity and illegally distributing prescription medication.
In a special court-martial that ended Friday, Airman Basic Autumn Burden entered not guilty pleas to all the charges, according to documents released by the base public affairs office. But she was found guilty of lying to a noncommissioned officer by stating she was a dependent, failing to produce her military identification card, being in a room she wasn’t supposed to be in and wrongfully distributing two tablets of Adderall, a controlled substance.
All the charges came from incidents on April 16. She was sentenced to a reprimand, $300 loss in pay for six months and 90 days in prison. Since she was given credit for 107 days of pretrial confinement, she will not have to serve any additional time.
Public discussion on disability awareness FridayThe founder of Disabled Veterans International (DVI) will speak Friday to airmen and civilians at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in recognition of October being National Disability Awareness Month.
Incorporated last year, DVI’s focus has been on helping disabled veterans living in Europe. The organization’s founder, Steven Burden, said he plans to talk about veterans’ issues and DVI programs.
The public discussion is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Brickhouse, located across the street from the base movie theater. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available.
For more than a decade, Burden has been assisting veterans with disability claims and related paperwork. Burden maintains that many disability claims are delayed, misjudged or rejected because there is no effective advocacy group on this side of the Atlantic for disabled vets, which is what led him to launch DVI.