Area Defense Counsel


Two Airmen review documents in a courtroom

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 outside the local chain of command which avoids even an appearance of possible command influence or conflicts of interest as well as allows Airmen to receive completely confidential legal advice.


We do NOT work for your Commander, the Legal Office, or anyone in this MAJCOM 


The ADC's prime responsibility is to zealously 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 Reenlistment
  • Referral EPRs/OPRs
  • Suspect Rights Advisements
  • Line of Duty Investigations
  • Reports of Survey
  • LOCs, LOAs, and LORs
  • 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 and congressional complaints. 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 Air Force members only. Sister services must contact the nearest servicing base for representation.


Artic Survival School building where the ADC is located

The Area Defense Counsel is located at 2610 Central Ave (Arctic Survival School Bldg). 


Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We assist clients on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

Please call 907-377-2257 to set up an appointment.

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


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 authorities.