|Air Force Jags Take to the Field |
Air Force Jags Take to the Field
Washington, D.C. -- May 9, 2001 -- (A.F.PR#: 0509003) -- An American service member is jailed for drunken driving. A helicopter carrying classified material crashes into a house. A local, reputed to have terrorist links, seeks refugee status. New limitations are imposed on operations by a United Nation's mandate and the commander needs guidance.
These thorny issues and more are the stuff today's Air Force judge advocates must expect as U.S. forces deploy throughout the world. In fact, the success or failure of an operation can easily hinge on the ability of JAGs to maintain good relations with host nations and keep service members out of trouble, in addition to operational issues like selecting targets.
Since these issues are not solved in an office, active duty and reserve attorneys from the United States and several foreign countries will leave their courtrooms behind and take their law books and laptops to the field during a training exercise at the Vigilant Warrior Training Site in Wetumpka, Ala., May 14-19.
The deployment, called JAG FLAG, involves more than 70 Air Force attorneys and paralegals. Maj. Gen. William A. Moorman, the judge advocate general of the Air Force, will take to the field with his troops to underscore the importance of this exercise.
A delegation of high-level officials from the Republic of Georgia, former Soviet block nation, will observe the exercise and receive guidance on developing a military legal system for their own armed forces.
This fast-paced exercise is a rare opportunity for journalists to show the public the front line is the realm of lawyers, too. For more information call Major Paul Koscak or Capt David Westover at (703) 695-0640.