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  • My interview with NCIS

    So, many years ago, right after I had gotten out of the Navy, I was working for a small mom and pop computer store that was relatively close to the base that I had finished my service with. I had been working there for a couple of months, when one day some folks in uniform showed up and asked me to come in for an interview, concerning some “interesting” items that had appeared in our used bins.

     

    I still had access to the base (I was inactive reserves at the time) and knew exactly where to go when they told me, so went to the interview. I told them all I knew about the situation, and was done in about half an hour. I never knew what happened with the information that I gave them, but I expect that some sailor somewhere eventually had a very bad day, since it was obvious that some hardware from the Navy had been sold off without their knowing it.

     

    Why this post? Well, I was reading some interesting things, and one of the things mentioned was being interviewed by NCIS, and that tickled my memory that I had once gone through the same sort of thing, two decades ago.


  • Naval JAG Stuff

    This is probably one of my favorite progressions when reading the results of trial off of the US Navy JAG website

    First, we have the February 2017 bulletin where we see these three STG’s (Surface sonar technicians) went on a bit of a bender and ran around Southern California on a drug binge (I assume):

    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego California, STGSR Matthew H. Piotrowski, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of absence without leave, two specifications of failure to obey a lawful order, and four specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended for 12 months. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego California, STGSR Jarred T. Williams, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of absence without leave, two specifications of failure to obey a lawful order, and three specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 6 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended for 12 months. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.
    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego California, STGSR Aaron Z. Buchanan, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of absence without leave, two specifications of failure to obey a lawful order, and five specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 13 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended for 12 months. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

    However, it doesn’t end here for these carousers, because the very next month (March, 2017) we got this little story…

    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, STGSR Matthew H. Piotrowski, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia and four specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the
      military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.
    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, STGSR Jarred T. Williams, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia and three specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the
      military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 6 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.
    • At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, STGSR Aaron Z. Buchanan, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia, and five specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 13 February 2017, the
      military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

    Read those carefully. The dates are the same on them for some reason, but the one from February has them AWOL, failing to obey two lawful orders, and five drug violatons. In March it changes to become another AWOL charge, breaking restriction (from February), and four drug counts. The confinement time also goes up the second time around, although the Bad Conduct charge stays the same. Seeing as both instances were “Special Court-Martials”, it would not have been possible for the charges to be increased to a Dishonorable as that punishment can only come from a General Court-Martial.