Thanks to “Glenn” for calling our attention to the charges preferred against LTC Lakin, available here. (I wonder if Glenn is who I think it might be.)
The charges were preferred today and LTC Lakin was informed of them today.
Two charges were preferred. First was a missing movement charge with one spec for missing a flight from BWI to Charlotte, North Carolina to deploy “in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 32nd Calvary Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with which he was required in the course of duty to move. Second was an Article 92 charge with four specs. The first spec alleges violation of a lawful order issued by a lieutenant colonel to report to the Brigade Commander’s office (that would be the office of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Gordon R. Roberts) at 1345 on 31 March 2010 by wrongfully not reporting as directed. The second spec alleges violation of a lawful order by failing to obey a memorandum signed by COL Roberts ordering him to report as directed. (Based on the spec, I’m not sure where the memo ordered LTC Lakin to report.) The third spec alleges violation of a lawful order by COL McHugh requiring LTC Lakin to report to Fort Campbell on Temporary Change of Station orders not later than 1500 on 12 April 2010. The fourth spec alleges willful dereliction of duty by failing to report to Fort Campell in accordance with his Temporary Change of Station orders. (Specs 3 and 4 may reflect a Jones-inspired pleading in the alternative.)
The spec under Charge I is punishable by total FF and up to two years of confinement. Specs 1 through 3 of Charge II are each punishable by up to six months of confinement. Spec 4 of Charge II is punishable by up to six months of confinement. But if, as appears to be the case, there’s some pleading in the alternative for contingencies of proof purposes, it looks like the max confinement under Charge II will be either 18 months or 12 months. So the max authorized punishment for the offenses as charged is between three years and four years. And, of course, an officer can be dismissed for a finding of guilty of any offense tried by a GCM.