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Fairchild Airman court-martialed, sentenced for wrongful drug use

A general court-martial is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a military judge, trail counsel, defense counsel and at least five court members. (Courtesy Photo)

A general court-martial is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a military judge, trail counsel, defense counsel and at least five court members. (Courtesy Photo)

An Airman First Class from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron was tried by Summary Court Martial at Fairchild Air Force Base, Nov. 3.

The Airman pled guilty to one charge of wrongful use of a controlled substance, in violation of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Airman wrongfully used alprazolam, a substance commonly referred to as Xanax, on several occasions between June and September 2016. They were sentenced to confinement for 30 days - the maximum term of confinement available - and a reduction in grade to E-1.

“It is important that all Airmen realize taking prescription medication without a prescription is against the law," said Capt. Gavin Johnson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing assistant staff judge advocate and the prosecutor assigned to the case. "Even for taking a single pill, the punishment can be severe and could end a career."