Area Defense Counsel (ADC)

WHAT WE DO: The Area Defense Counsel or commonly referred to as the ADC provides Air Force members who are suspected of an offense or facing potential adverse administrative actions with FREE and independent legal representation. The ADC is an experienced judge advocate outside the local chain of command which allows Airmen to receive completely confidential legal advice.

WHO WE SERVE: The ADC is available for Air Force members only. Other Department of Defense branches must contact the nearest servicing base for representation.

ATTORNEY/CLIENT PRIVILEGE: The ADC has absolute confidentiality between our attorney, paralegal and client meaning you cannot lawfully be ordered to disclose what you say / share with us and vice-versa. The only other person who has this type of absolute confidentiality is a chaplain/clergyman/priest.


Below is a list of most legal and disciplinary issues that we can advise and assist you with.

  • Article 15 / Non-judicial punishment (NJP)
  • Commander Directed Mental Health Evaluations
  • Court-martial
  • Demotion / Discharge
  • Denial of Reenlistment
  • Line of Duty Investigations / Reports of Survey
  • Referral EPR
  • Rebuttal response to Letters of Counseling, Admonishment and Reprimand
  • Revoked Security Clearance/SIF
  • Suspect Rights Advisement
  • Unfavorable Information File (UIF) and Control Roster
The ADC is unable to assist with personal civil legal matters, civilian convictions, congressional complaints, or items handled by other base/Air Force agencies. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


(208) 828-2675 / 3155
DSN: 728-2675 / 3155

Building 512, Wing HQ
1st Floor, Room 109

Monday - Friday*
0730 -1630

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

UCMJ 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 (to include via social media apps), 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.