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The ADC provides Air Force members who are suspected of an offense or facing potential adverse administrative actions with independent legal representation. The ADC is an experienced judge advocate who operates outside the local chain of command so as to avoid even an appearance of possible command influence or conflicts of interest. This ensures the member receives completely confidential legal advice.


The ADC's prime responsibility is to vigorously and ethically
represent clients during adverse military actions such as:

- Courts-martial and Article 32 hearings
- Article 15 actions
- Administrative discharge and demotion actions
- Denial of re-enlistment
- Referral EPRs/OPRs
- Suspect Rights advisements
- Line of Duty investigations
- Reports of Survey
- LORs and LOCs
- UIF entries and control rosters
- Any other adverse actions in which counsel for an individual is required or authorized

The ADC is not able to assist in certain areas such as personal civil legal matters, civilian convictions, and items handled by other base agencies. However, if you have any questions as to the availability of our services, please call to make an appointment at DSN (315) 225–8114.

****The Area Defense Counsel is available for Air Force members only. Sister services must contact the nearest servicing base for representation.

ADC Confidentiality Privilege

Other than the chaplain, priest, or similar type of clergy, no one else has a confidential communications privilege like the ADC.  The ADC cannot and would not disclose any information shared by our clients. The only way of doing so would be with our client’s permission or a judge's order (extremely rare). Even if a client were to confess to the ADC that they had committed a crime, no one could force the ADC to disclose that information. (NOTE: the only communications between us that would not be confidential are communications that clearly contemplate harming oneself or others in the immediate future.) It is important to know that anything you say to civilian or military doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, family advocacy counselors, social workers, alcohol/substance abuse counselors, and anyone else, including (and especially) friends, co-workers, and family members, can be used against you.


Under the provisions of Article 31, UCMJ, an Air Force member suspected of committing a criminal offense has the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a military lawyer free of charge prior to making any statements. Any statements a member makes, oral or written, may be used as evidence against them in a trial by court-martial or in other judicial or administrative proceedings. Members must have the right to consult a lawyer and to have a lawyer present while being interviewed or interrogated by authorities. In addition to military counsel, members are entitled to civilian counsel of their own choosing, at their own expense. Members may stop the questioning or request a lawyer at any time during questioning. The fact that a member exercises the right to remain silent or the right to consult with an attorney cannot be held against the member by Air Force authorities.


If you are seeking the assistance of the ADC, please download this intake sheet and complete every section on pages 1 and 2. After complete, please send the intake sheet to our org box at


Location: Building 445, behind the post office

Office Hours: 0900-1630, Monday through Friday, currently for telephone appointments only

Contact Info: DSN (315) 225–8114 or at the Yokota ADC org box:

*In situations where you are about to be interviewed by law enforcement, please call the command post at 225-3740 and ask to speak to the ADC