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SOUTHWEST ASIA - Maj. Allan Brock (right), 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Staff Judge Advocate, and Master Sgt. Daniel Perge, 386th AEW Legal Office superintendent, work together to provide deployed Airmen with a full spectrum of legal assistance. Both Major Brock and Sergeant Perge are deployed from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo)
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386th AEW Legal Office offers sound advice

Posted 11/24/2009   Updated 11/24/2009 Email story   Print story

    


by Capt. Larry van der Oord
386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs


11/24/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- While many times deployed Airmen find themselves without access to certain resources available back home, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Staff Judge Advocate team here strives to make sure legal assistance is one resource Airmen do not go without.

"We are pretty much a full service legal office," said Maj. Allan Brock, 386th AEW JAG deployed from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. "Any service that your home station legal office can provide we can do here as well."

The 386th AEW Legal Office averages about 17 walk-in clients per week for a wide range of legal needs including power of attorney assistance and notary requirements. The JAG team also consults with commanders, first sergeants and Security Forces personnel on a regular basis to discuss military justice actions and contract reviews.

Often times deployed customers' legal assistance needs relate to the same issues seen every day at home station.

"We see many clients who need advice and guidance on divorce proceedings, child custody/support issues and Servicemember's Civil Relief Act issues," said Major Brock.

Master Sgt. Daniel Perge, 386th AEW Legal Office superintendent, also deployed from F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., manages the daily operations of the legal office.

"When dealing with customers in the deployed environment, they are often under more strict time constraints to complete their actions," said Sergeant Perge. "The job is definitely more hands on over here."

With time constraints being a major component of filing income taxes, the 386th AEW Legal Office even offers its clients tax preparation assistance. Started here just last year, the tax assistance program was such a success, most, if not all, legal offices throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility will have some sort of program this year.

However, as a reminder, it's not an issue if members cannot file while deployed, said Major Brock. The IRS provides an extension for servicemembers in a combat zone and civilians serving under the direction of the U.S. Armed Forces in support of those forces. The extension includes time in the combat zone and is extended for 180 days after the last day in the combat zone, he said.

When it comes to preparing for a deployment, personal legal affairs should not be overlooked stressed Major Brock. He encourages all Airmen to have the proper legal mechanisms in place to take care of things like bills, vehicle registration and insurance lapses.

"A trip to your legal office can assist with getting your affairs in order prior to deploying," he said. "Also, be sure to discuss your will and the need to update it. Of course, we're here to help with those things you didn't think of, or any unexpected issues that may come up."

The 386th AEW JAG team works every day to make sure its customers have all the support they need.

"We're always here to assist in any way we can," said Major Brock.



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