News: Langley Legal Office earns 9 AF, ACC annual honors
Story by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins
LANGLEY, Va. - Due to the dedication and talents of the airmen of the 633d Air Base Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, the Langley Legal Office earned double honors for fiscal year 2010, taking home the Ninth Air Force and Air Combat Command Legal Office of the Year awards.
The Langley Legal Office was selected from among the four bases in 9 AF and approximately 10 installations in ACC for the prestigious honors. The award period inclusive dates ran from Oct. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30, 2010.
According to Lt. Col. John Johnson, 633 ABW deputy staff judge advocate, the awards are the result of a robust and comprehensive approach to maximizing the office's efficiency and effectiveness while providing unrivaled customer service to more than 100,000 military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and retirees in the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community.
"We've been successful in implementing steps toward joint basing, and have a high amount of courts martial prosecuted, having accomplished 14 courts in fiscal year 2010. We also exhibited efficiency with handling Article 15s and administrative discharges," said Johnson. "We strive to make sure there's an effective and efficient administration of justice, something that is very important to the JAG Corps."
The legal office focused on providing legal assistance to its expanding client base while developing "innovative and far-reaching" training programs and teamwork between attorneys and paralegals, an area of emphasis for the JAG Corps, Colonel Johnson explained.
Johnson said the award represents the office's commitment to serving the base populace, including the squadrons, commanders, security forces and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
"It's important to understand that the legal office doesn't exist for itself," he said. "If we can't work well with the other units on base, we can't be successful. This award shows we care about our relationships with the rest of the base."
Moving forward, Johnson said the office will continue to implement new elements of the joint basing construct, including bringing in civilian attorneys to manage the increased workload the process brings. While the civilian positions are authorized, they have yet to be filled. However, the legal office staff is prepared to take on the task.
"Due to our increased responsibility, we've surged attorneys and paralegals to support the growing JBLE community," he said. "We're committed to serving customers with the best of our ability."