Area Defense Counsel

About Us

The Area Defense Counsel (ADC) is an indispensable part of the United States Air Force's commitment to justice and fairness. We are dedicated military attorneys who stand by your side when you face the daunting challenges of criminal accusations or adverse actions within the Air Force and Space Force. Our mission is clear: “Further the Air Force and Space Force missions by providing America’s Airmen and Guardians with independent, world-class representation in a zealous, ethical, and professional manner.”

Our Commitment to Excellence

At the ADC, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism, officership, legal expertise, litigation skills, ethical conduct, and civility. Our unwavering commitment to "maintaining the high ground" ensures that you receive the best legal representation possible.

Confidentiality Guaranteed

We understand the importance of trust and confidentiality in your legal matters. The ADC operates independently, outside the chain of command of the 17th Training Wing and AETC. Rest assured that anything you share with us will remain strictly confidential. We will not disclose any information to your commander, first sergeant, or anyone else without your explicit permission.

Our Services

The ADC is here to assist you with a wide range of legal matters, including but not limited to:

  • Courts-martial
  • Article 15's
  • Responses to Letters of Reprimand (LOR), Letters of Admonishment (LOA), and Letters of Counseling (LOC)
  • Investigations
  • Report of Survey
  • Demotions and Discharges
  • Referral Performance Reports
  • Revoked Security Clearances and Security Information File (SIF) issues

Know Your Rights - Article 31

If you find yourself suspected of a crime, remember your Article 31 Rights. Under Article 31, you have the right to remain silent, and your silence cannot be used as evidence of guilt. You also have the right to an attorney, and your designated attorney is typically the Area Defense Counsel at Goodfellow AFB. Importantly, as a military member, these legal services come at no cost to you.

Contact Us

The ADC is here to support you. Reach out to us during regular business hours at 325-654-5070, Monday through Friday.  We also welcome walk-ins, ensuring that you receive timely advice.

We are in building 504 at the intersection of Ft. Lancaster Ave and Canberra St W., a quarter mile West of the 315th TRS bldg.

Your rights, your defense, and your future matter to us. Trust the Area Defense Counsel to provide the legal representation you deserve as an American Airman or Guardian.