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Tuesday, March 26, 2024



Military Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:

Recently, in two separate, unrelated cases, military officers and pilots defended by attorney Richard V. Stevens (Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.) were recommended to continue flying in the Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Boards (FNAEB) that each of them faced. 

These boards were convened based on flight incidents and/or alleged failure to progress in upgrade training. 

For military pilots, these boards go by different names.  In the Navy and Marine Corps, it is the FNAEB.  In the Air Force and Army, it is the Flying Evaluation Board (FEB).  There are also other boards, depending on the type of aviation incident involved.  This includes Safety Investigation Board (SIB), Accident Investigation Board (AIB), and/or Command Directed Investigation (CDI).

A FNAEB or FEB is a formal administrative hearing before fellow pilots in which recommendations are made about whether the respondent pilot should remain in aviation service, and whether that pilot can continue to wear his/her wings.  Based on that recommendation, the pilot could continue his/her military career, or he/she could face the loss of their flying career, military career, and be involuntarily administratively discharged from the service.

In these two FNAEB case, multiple witnesses were called and evidence was presented not only in support of the pilot, but addressing the unique circumstances of the pilots and aviation issues in these cases.  These cases can also involve written statements and arguments before and after the board hearing.  Because a FNAEB is a closed administrative hearing, specific details of these two cases cannot be provided. 

While these military aviation cases resulted in positive recommendations, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in previous cases does not guarantee success in any particular future case.  No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military trial or case. 

For more information about the military justice system, particularly cases involving aviation issues and Flying Evaluation Boards, see:

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Thank you. 

By:  Attorney Richard V. Stevens

Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer

Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.

Blog postscript: I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) am a former active duty military lawyer (JAG). My perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon my experience as military defense lawyer and as a civilian criminal defense lawyer practicing exclusively in the area of military law and military justice. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, National Capital Region (NCR), but the military defense representation is worldwide – when necessary, the attorneys travel to wherever the client is stationed around the world.