ADC works for you

Capt. John Jamison, Air Force Legal Operations Agency area defense counsel and Staff Sgt. Callie Radevski, AFLOA paralegal, make up Incirlik’s Area Defense Counsel Office. The ADC provides legal counsel during almost all adverse actions ranging from courts-martial to letters of counseling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce/Released)

Capt. John Jamison, Air Force Legal Operations Agency area defense counsel and Staff Sgt. Callie Radevski, AFLOA paralegal, make up Incirlik’s Area Defense Counsel Office. The ADC provides legal counsel during almost all adverse actions ranging from courts-martial to letters of counseling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce/Released)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- You've seen our photos. You've read our posters, "We work for you--NOT your chain of command."  But who are we?  And what do we do?

We are the Area Defense Counsel at Incirlik Air Base and our team consists of Capt. John Jamison and Staff Sgt. Callie Radevski. Jamison is a licensed attorney authorized to practice law and serves as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. Radevski is an experienced, active duty paralegal. Unlike the legal professionals at the legal office, the ADC office does not work for the 39th Air Base Wing. The ADC was established in 1976 to provide defense services independent from the base legal office. That means we represent our clients, not the Air Force. In fact, the ADC office has no chain-of-command on this installation.

In 1983, Maj. Gen.Thomas Bruton, then The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, put it this way, "It is not the job of the defense counsel to assist or make it easy for the government to establish or present its case. To the contrary, the independent defense structure pioneered by the Air Force was in part established to enable defense counsel to freely make those many difficult and sometimes challenging decisions without fear of command interference or reprisal."  This independence enables us to represent you to the fullest extent of the law.

Our office represents active duty Air Force members in courts-martial and nonjudicial punishment actions. We also represent clients in almost all other adverse actions, including administrative discharges, referral performance reports, and even matters as simple as a letter of counseling.  No matter the problem, do not hesitate to contact us. It is important to know that we can assist while the command is still investigating, before any action is taken against you. It is never too early to seek our help.

Remember, under military law, an Air Force member suspected of committing a criminal offense has the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a military lawyer free of charge prior to making any statement. Additionally, any statement made, whether oral or written, may be used against the member in a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment action, or administrative action. The fact that a member exercises either the right to remain silent or the right to consult with an attorney cannot be used against the member by Air Force authorities.

If you find yourself in need of our services or have any questions at all, please come to our office, give us a call, or send us an email. We are located in Building 948 (next to the Chapel). DSN 676-6908, Commercial 90-322-316-6908, e-mail incirlik.AFLOA.ADC@us.af.mil.