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Judge Advocate office: Regulations for excellence

Man sits at desk and reads book.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Clinton Hicks, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate chief of adverse actions, reviews legal literature July 10, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Judge Advocate legal office can assist in notarizing wills and power of attorneys, as well as giving legal consultation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man sits at desk and types on keyboard.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Davis, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate general law paralegal, reviews a legal website July 10, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Constant fact checking is a critical part of the Judge Advocate office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Hand pulls book off of shelf.

U.S. Air Force Captain Nate Freeman, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate chief of legal assistance pulls a legal reference book from a shelf July 10, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. One of the services offered by the legal office are free financial consultations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Three people sit in a row and look at another person.

The Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., legal office consists of multiple portions including the adverse actions division. This section handles disciplinary paperwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

One man sits at a desk and signs a piece of paper, while two men sit on the other side of the desk and watch.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Davis, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate general law paralegal, signs forms for Staff Sgt. Sean Larocque, 19th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment craftsman, and Staff Sgt. Caleb McDaniel, 19th Security Forces patrolman, July 10, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Larocque and McDaniel were completing the process of reenlisting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate office wade through oceans of fine print during their daily work hours, giving legal consultations and poring over regulations as they advise base members on cases.

The legal office on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, covers civil law topics and handles claims, wills, powers of attorney, interpreting Air Force instructions and legal reviews of topics such as contracts, fundraisers and financial matters.

“Our mission is to provide agile and dependable legal advice,” said Senior Airman Peter Davis, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate general law paralegal. “Being able to help people, especially, right before they go on deployment would probably be the most rewarding part of the job for me. Just being able to run through that mental checklist to make sure they’re good to go is nice.”

Enjoying this unique and demanding work schedule of providing swift legal advice goes hand-in-hand with being a part of the Judge Advocate team. From late-night calls to constant paperwork and meetings with hundreds of clients monthly, paralegal Airmen exemplify service before self and an interest in their craft from day one.

“You never know exactly what’s going to walk through that door, so you have to know you’re doing,” Davis said.

Keeping a close eye on easily overlooked details comes in handy for judge advocate Airmen when they’re dealing with important or stressful cases. Being able to scrutinize such large volumes of legal documents during this process doesn’t just come from extensive training, but also an innate interest in the role of an Airman.

“What drew me to this career field is being able to help people directly,” said Captain Nate Freeman, 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate chief of legal assistance. “It’s one of the things that keeps me going during afterhours work.”

Maintaining a vigilant guardianship of the well-being of Team Little Rock member, the Judge Advocate team works day and night to solve the issues clients walk into their office with every day.

“Sometimes we like to refer to ourselves as firefighters because of the all the legal fires we put out,” Freeman said.

For more information on what legal assistance may be available to you, contact the 19th AW Legal Office at (501) 987-7886.

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