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ADC provides legal defense for Airmen

Pictured are Capt. Devon Conroy, Malmstrom area defense counsel, left, and Staff Sgt. Richard Eide, Malmstrom defense paralegal.

Pictured are Capt. Devon Conroy, Malmstrom area defense counsel, left, and Staff Sgt. Richard Eide, Malmstrom defense paralegal.

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- For Airmen needing advice or guidance regarding legal matters, the Area Defense Counsel is an available option.

Malmstrom’s Office of the Area Defense Counsel is the defense attorney assigned to provide legal assistance to Airmen.

Whether they receive a Letter of Counseling, or are facing a court-martial, the ADC’s job is to defend the rights of Airmen. The ADC also provides advice and answers to questions the military member has on particular legal issues.

“The ADC’s sole purpose is to defend the Airmen of Malmstrom,” said Capt. Devon Conroy, Malmstrom area defense counsel. “We offer candid, confidential legal advice to Airmen and advocate on their behalf.”

After making an appointment, clients fill out a confidentiality form with personal information and a brief description of why they are consulting the ADC. The paralegal “intakes” the client, finding out more about the purpose of the visit. The ADC team and the client then discuss the issue and formulate a path forward that best suits the client’s needs.

“The client is always the ultimate decision maker with the attorney providing legal advice on the process and potential outcomes,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Eide, Malmstrom defense paralegal.

While some may be concerned with divulging confidential or personal information, the ADC assures the client they are in a safe place to speak, due in part to attorney-client privilege.

“We do not judge and we are here to assist Airmen,” said Eide. “We are also completely confidential, as your interactions and conversations with us are protected by attorney-client privilege.”

Assigned to Air Force Legal Operations Agency (AFLOA), the ADC is a tenant unit of Malmstrom and does not fall under the chain of command.

“Our chain of command is separate to ensure that we are unbiased and are able to zealously defend our clients,” said Conroy.

Although there is no guarantee for fixing every issue, the ADC team is committed to providing the best assistance possible.

“We may not be able to make your problem disappear 100% of the time, but we can ensure that you are being treated fairly and that you are putting your best foot forward,” Eide concluded. “We are free and here for you.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the ADC, call 406-731-4723.
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