Judges sworn into Air Force court of ap­peals

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By AIR­MAN 1ST CLASS MICHAEL S. MUR­PHY 11th Wing Pub­lic Af­fairs

An in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony was held in the ap­pel­late court­room at Joint Base An­drews Oct. 9 for two Air Force judges join­ing the U.S Air Force Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals.

Col. Michael A. Lewis and Col. Tom E. Posch, Air Force Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals ap­pel­late mil­i­tary judges, were hon­ored in front of a crowd of fam­ily and new co­work­ers.

“To the judges of the court, it is an honor to be join­ing you,” Lewis said. “Thank you so much for the warm wel­come.”

The U.S. Air Force CCA is an in­de­pen­dent ap­pel­late ju­di­cial body au­tho­rized by Congress and es­tab­lished by the Judge Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral of the Air Force that hears and de­cides ap­peals of Air Force court-mar­tial con­vic­tions and other trial court rul­ings.

Lt. Gen. Jef­frey A. Rock­well, U.S. Air Force Head­quar­ters judge ad­vo­cate gen­eral, was the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer for the cer­e­mony. Rock­well spoke about the unique role judges play in our gov­ern­ment.

“Think about the im­por­tance of the job,” Rock­well said. “I would ar­gue that it may be the strong­est branch, be­cause it re­lies on the power of the law, the power of per­sua­sion and the power of rea­son. The ju­di­cial branch is the keeper of the checks and bal­ances.”

Posch and Lewis said they are ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to bring new ideas to the ta­ble as the court­room moves for­ward weigh­ing facts and nar­ra­tive.

U.S. Air Force Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals judges pose for a photo after an in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony on Joint Base An­drews on Oct. 9. The U.S. Air Force CCA is an in­de­pen­dent ap­pel­late ju­di­cial body au­tho­rized by Congress and es­tab­lished by the Judge Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral of the Air Force.

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