Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Air Force Order Mentions Inhalants

From McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey:

General Arthur Lichte, commander of the Air Mobility Command, recently issued an order prohibiting all its members from misusing intoxicating substances, such as "spice," inhaling household chemicals and abusing over the counter nonprescription drugs.

"The abuse of these products by military members contradicts the nature of our profession of arms, threatens our military readiness and diminishes our ability to conduct the mission entrusted to us," General Lichte said. "Such substance is to the prejudice of good order and discipline and is of a nature to bring discredit upon the Air Force. As a result, the abuse could seriously undermine our mission and negatively impact our nation's security."

General Lichte's order was in response to feedback provided by the legal offices within the command indicating this type of misuse has been identified as a problem among units, Air Force officials said. The order applies to all military members assigned or attached to AMC, including those assigned to tenant units located on AMC bases, active duty personnel on temporary duty, Air Force Reserve Command personnel on orders or on inactive duty training status, and Air National Guard members upon mobilization assigned or attached within AMC.

"Misuse of these intoxicating substances identified by General Lichte's order constitutes failure to obey a lawful general order and is in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Capt. Megan Gagnon, chief of Adverse Actions and Assistant Staff Judge Advocate with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's Legal Office.

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