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Misawa Celebrates Law Day

Posted 5/15/2011   Updated 5/15/2011 Email story   Print story


from 35th Fighter Wing Judge Advocate

5/15/2011 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Office of Special Investigations gets a tip that an Airman has drugs in her dorm room. They go to the Judge Advocate to see if there is probable cause to search the room. Where did the tip come from? Is it possible that drugs are still in her room? Together, OSI and JA go to the Magistrate to ask for a search warrant. After receiving the warrant, OSI contacts Security Forces asking for a Military Working Dog team that can sniff out the drugs during the search. This is one scenario presented to Edgren High School students at the Law Day 2011 "Careers in the Law" presentation.

On May 10, Special Agent Alani Robles, Air Force OSI, and Investigator Eric Adams, 35th Security Forces Squadron, joined Capt. Chris Stein and Airman 1st Class Nikkole LaForest, both from the 35th Fighter Wing Judge Advocate, at the Edgren High School library to engage interested students in a discussion of law enforcement careers.

Before working through scenarios showing the law enforcement team in action, each of the speakers talked about their profession. Captain Stein described the diverse opportunities of being a lawyer--from negotiating contract disputes, to arguing constitutional issues, to prosecuting courts-martial on Misawa Air Base.

Captain Stein also reminded students of the rich history of United States presidents who began their careers in law--starting with John Adams, the first lawyer-president, and ending with Barack Obama, the current lawyer-president.

Discussing the role of a paralegal, Airman LaForest talked about interviewing witnesses, researching law, and keeping the office running efficiently. She encouraged students to work on their writing skills and to remember they always have flexibility to transition between careers in law enforcement.

"Trustworthy," emphasized Investigator Adams. "You cannot have a career in law unless you are trustworthy." He told students about the deep meaning that comes from a law enforcement career--getting to protect an Air Force installation, resolve disputes between neighbors, and solve crimes. One of the students said that is what he wants to do because he likes the idea of "putting clues together to solve mysteries."

It did not take long for Special Agent Robles to steal the show. She captivated the students by telling them of courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where they "shoot guns and drive really fast cars all day." She said being a special agent is kind of like the popular show NCIS, only for the Air Force, rather than the Navy.

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