Area Defense Counsel

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Services provided:

The Area Defense Counsel provides Air Force members who are suspected of an offense or facing potential adverse administrative action with legal representation. The ADC is an experienced judge advocate outside the local chain of command and offers Airmen the ability to receive completely confidential legal advice.

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

- Courts-martial
- Article 15
- Administrative Discharge
- Referral EPR/OPR
- Suspect Rights Advisement
- 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.*

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

Army - Fort Carson Trial Defense Services at (719) 526-4563

Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard can request defense services by completing a request at

Office Hours and Closures:

Appointments are accepted Monday through Friday 0730-1630. We operate by appointment only; however, walk-ins may be seen if time permits and only after all appointments have been seen.  'Please call 505-846-5553 (DSN 246-5553) or email  or to set up an appointment.  If you have a defense emergency and cannot reach the ADC office, you can contact the Command Post at 505-846-3777 and request to speak with an ADC representative.

Although independent of the base, the ADC office observes all holidays, down days, weather delays, and closures in accordance with the wing.


The Area Defense Counsel is located in Building 20202. It is located on the Southwest corner of Gibson and Wyoming.

Article 31 Rights:

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 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.