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Birmingham, AL Military Defense Lawyers

Birmingham, Alabama, sits in the Jones Valley, between ridges of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Red Mountain runs southwest to northeast, just south of the city, while Sand Mountain is just north. With more than one million residents, the Birmingham metropolitan area is the largest in Alabama. Birmingham is famous for events that occurred there during the Civil Rights Movement; landmarks are part of the Birmingham Civil Rights District. The economy is based on medicine, research, finance, and trade. In addition, Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base calls the city home.

Military Defense Practice Areas

Are you at the National Guard base in Birmingham? Are you facing disciplinary action or criminal charges? Contact Capovilla & Williams now. We are a trial litigation firm with experience defending hundreds of service members in all five military branches. When we go to battle for you, we are armed with a deep knowledge of the military justice system informed by our work as military prosecutors and defense attorneys. No case is too complicated or serious for us to take on. Have you been accused of sexual assault? We have your back—the Department of Defense educated us on how to litigate such cases. Popped hot in a drug test? We understand all the implications. We are dogged in our representation of clients like you, from our exhaustive investigations to our exemplary courts-martial defense. Bring us your case; we welcome the challenge.

Our practice areas include:

  • Sexual Assault Defense
  • Domestic Violence and Assault Defense
  • BAH Fraud and Travel Voucher Fraud
  • Article 15/Non-Judicial Proceedings
  • Drug Crimes/Positive Urinalysis Defense
  • Separation Boards
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • ROTC Disenrollment Boards

Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base 

Part of the United States Air Force, Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base hosts the 117th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard, based at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. It operates the KC-135R Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling aircraft that transfers aviation fuel to another military aircraft during flight. The unit trains and equips aircrews and support personnel for air refueling and airlift missions worldwide. In addition, the Governor of Alabama has the authority to direct the wing to support state and local contingencies. If it is activated to federal service, the wing joins the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command. Units of the 117th include:

  • 117th Operations Group
  • 117th Medical Group
  • 117th Maintenance Group
  • 117th Mission Support Group
  • 99th Air Refueling Squadron
  • 106th Air Refueling Squadron
  • 117th Intelligence Squadron

The 106th Air Refueling Squadron is descended from the 106th Aero Squadron established in 1917 during World War I.

Groups of the 117th Air Refueling Wing have taken part in some of the more famous conflicts and missions in US military history. The 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Group was elevated to wing status when it went active during the Korean War. In 1961, the 106th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron provided air support during the Berlin Crisis, which saw Soviet construction of the Berlin Wall. In 1960-1961, there was a covert CIA operation to invade Cuba and depose President Fidel Castro. Members of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Group advised and trained the Cuban Liberation Air Force. Four airmen died when Cuban forces shot down two B-26 bombers during the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961; the mission was classified until 1998. In 2001, the 117th Air Refueling Wing joined Operation Noble Eagle after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; they refueled F-15 and F-16 aircraft flying over major cities in the southeast. 

Experienced Military Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you’re facing criminal charges, court-martial, or disciplinary action—don’t delay—call an experienced Capovilla & Williams military defense specialist today at 404-496-7674 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

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