OFFICE OF THE STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE

Located in Taylor Hall, Building 462, the mission of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fires Center of Excellence, is to provide commanders and their staff with accurate, proactive legal advice on all issues affecting the Army and the Joint Force, while continuing to deliver quality legal services to Soldiers, retirees, and their families. Within the OSJA, these responsibilities are divided among several different divisions. Click division from directory below for more information.


Telephone: (580) 442-5058 Fax: (580) 442-3817 (DSN 639)

DIVISION DIRECTORY

- LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Bldg 4700, Suite 400 (580) 442-5058/5059

HOURS OF OPERATION

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Services provided include soldier readiness activities for mobilization and deployment, negotiation and mediation, client counseling and representation, document preparation, notary public services, and referral to other military or civilian attorneys or other agencies or community organizations.


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- CLAIMS OFFICE

LOCATION
Building 4700, Mow-Way Road, Suite 400
Fort Sill, OK 73507
(580) 442-2317/5058

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday, Tuesday, Wedneday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday morning by appointment only starting at 9.

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MISSION


The mission of the Fort Sill Claims Office is to investigate, adjudicate, and settle claims filed both on behalf of the United States and against the United States. The Fort Sill Claims office processes personnel claims, tort claims, affirmative claims, and Article 139 claims arising in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

TYPES OF CLAIMS


Personnel claims arise from damage to or loss of personal property incident to service. These claims include damage to household goods during shipment, as well as claims for damage in on-post quarters caused by fire, flood, unusual occurrence, theft, or vandalism.

Tort claims are claims arising out of personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage allegedly caused by the negligence of a government employee acting within the scope of his or her employment. Tort Claims include both medical malpractice and some motor vehicle accidents.

Affirmative claims include medical care recovery claims and property damage claims. For example, if a Servicemember or Family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of negligence and the government provides medical care, the Claims Office will make a demand for the cost of the medical care to the person responsible for the accident. As another example, if an individual destroys a stop sign on post, the government will seek the cost of replacing the stop sign.

Artilce 139 (UCMJ) claims for the wrongful taking or willful destruction of property by a Servicemember are processed through the claims office.

SUBMISSION OF CLAIMS


Information papers, forms, and regulations are linked below for your convenience. Claims for damage or loss of household goods during military moves are now first submitted online via the Defense Personal Property System (DPS): After 5 July 2017, personnel claims will no longer be processed by the Fort Sill Claims Office, but will be initiated in the PCLAIMS system (http://www.JAGCNet.army.mil/Pclaims) and processed by the Central Claims Processing Center (CPCS) at Fort Knox, Ken. (Phone: 1-502-626-3000). . For all other claims, after the reviewing reference material and preparing the supporting documentation, you may contact the Fort Sill Claims Office to set up an appointment with a claims examiner.

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Personnel Claims:
- Military Moves (website for household goods moves/claims)
- Interim Guidance for Filing Personnel Claims with the CPCS
- Filing Household Goods Claims
- Substantiating Household Goods Claims for Carriers
- Operational Deployment Losses
- Property Held as Evidence
- On-Post Crimes, Disasters, and Other Unusual Occurrences (or Incident to Official Duties)
- Private Insurance and Military Personnel Claims

Tort Claims:
- Negligent or Wrongful Acts
- Insurance for Rental Car Liability

Other Claims:
- Categories of Claims
- Medical Affirmative Claims
- Article 139 Claims


FORMS


- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form (For Personnel Claims)
- DD Form 1842 - Claim for Loss of or Damage to Personal Property Incident to Service (For Personnel Claims)
- DD Form 1844 - List of Property and Claims Analysis Chart (For Personnel Claims)
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form (For Tort Claims)
- Standard Form (SF) 95 – Claim for Damage, Injury or Death (For Tort Claims)


REGULATIONS


- Army Regulation (AR) 27-20
- Department of the Army Pamphlet (DAPAM) 27-162

- ADMINISTRATIVE LAW / CIVIL LAW

Telephone: (580) 442-2703

Located on the Second Floor of Taylor Hall, building 462, the Administrative and Civil Law division serves as the primary resource for commanders, assisting with interpretation of regulations, advice and counsel on investigations, and compliance with ethical standards. Administrative Law attorneys also advise boards and investigations, review separation actions, and provide general legal advice to the command. The Administrative Law Division is also responsible for the Fort Sill Ethics Program. Civil Law attorneys provide advice and assistance on matters ranging from government contracting to environmental law. Civil Law attorneys also represent the United States Government in labor disputes.


- MILITARY JUSTICE

Telephone: (580) 442-3900/1751

Located on the second floor of Taylor Hall, Building 462, the mission of the Fort Sill Criminal Law Division is to provide support to Fort Sill commanders and directors in military justice matters. This includes training commanders and soldiers in military justice, advising commanders as to disposition of soldier misconduct, preparation for and trying of all levels of courts-martial, administration of courts-martial cases pending appeal, and finalizing of courts-martial after appeal.

The Criminal Law Division, through its trial counsel and brigade legal NCOs and specialists, provides a variety of training to Fort Sill units, including an initial military justice brief to incoming trainees, training of unit commanders and soldiers in military justice and law of war, and training of Field Artillery officers attending the FA Basic and Advanced courses.

The trial counsel, attorneys who are the commands' prosecutors for specific jurisdictions, are directly responsible for providing timely, accurate legal advice and recommendations to commanders within their jurisdictions. The trial counsels advise commanders as to the legal sufficiency of evidence, recommend courses of action, and execute administrative separations and courts-martial when selected as a course of action by commanders. Courts-martial are held in the Honorable Patrick J. Hurley courtroom located in Taylor Hall.

Once courts-martial are completed, the Criminal Law Division manages the case through the post-trial process. The post-trial process involves approval of the court-martial sentence by the convening authority and record management while the case is being appealed to higher courts.


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- TRIAL DEFENSE SERVICE

652 Hamilton Road
Fort Sill, Oklahoma 73503
Phone: (580) 442-2223/3123
Fax: (580) 442-7136


The U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) is an independent entity that functions much like a public defender's office. TDS represents soldiers in courts-martial and separation proceedings, and provides other assistance as needed. The Region III TDS Field Office is located in Sheridan Hall, Building 652, 1st floor.

ABOUT TRIAL DEFENSE SERVICES

Since its establishment as a separate organization in 1980, the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) has provided independent, competent, and ethical defense legal services to Soldiers worldwide whenever required by law or regulation or when authorized by the Judge Advocate General. TDS counsel, who are not supervised or rated by any commander on Fort Sill, represent Soldiers before courts-martial and administrative elimination or reduction boards and during criminal investigations, while counseling Soldiers regarding pre-trial restraint, non-judicial punishment, and many other adverse actions.


General Information:
- TDS Fact Sheet
- TDS Procedure
- TDS Hours of Operation

Article 15 Information:
- Article 15 Information Sheet (updated version)
- Financial Statement
- Request for Punishment Interruption

Administrative Seperation Information:
- General Information
- Seperation Pay Information
- Chapter Fact Sheets (5,7,9,11,13,14,18)
- How to Upgrade your Discharge
- Benefits at Separation Information Sheet

Suspect Rights Information:
- Your Rights as a Suspect


- INSTALLATION TAX CENTER (ITAC)

★ Tax Center Opens 23 January 2017 ★

Income Tax Assistance Center (ITAC)

Bldg 4700, Suite 400 (580) 442-6445

Volunteers Needed!!


For more information, call the tax center at 442-6445 or the Client Services Office at 442-5058/5059.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED BEFORE COMING TO THE TAX CENTER

Intake Form

Dependent Form

Rental Form

Bldg 4700, Suite 400 (580) 442-6445


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- MEB / PEB

Soldiers' MEB Counsel's Office

Suite 3G122, Reynolds Army Community Clinic (580) 558-2382

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The Fort Sill Soldiers' Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) Counsel's Office Assists Soldiers Through the Physical Disability Process.

The Soldiers' Medical Evaluation Board Counsel's Office was established under the terms of an agreement between The Judge Advocate General of the Army and The Surgeon General of the Army.

The Fort Sill Soldiers' Medical Evaluation Board Counsel's Office is staffed by an attorney and certified Paralegal NCO specially trained in disability law and the Army physical disability system. They assist Soldiers undergoing MEB/PEB board proceedings. At no cost to the Soldier, these professional advocates represent the individual Soldiers undergoing the MEB/PEB process, ensuring their rights are protected and that a fair assessment of a Soldier’s medical condition is rendered and documented during the MEB/PEB process.

These legal advocates review their Soldier’s Client’s MEB/PEB case file and the Soldier’s medical records to evaluate potential and likely outcomes; advise the client on potential results of the boards; advise the client on other known medical testing or medical records that he/she should discuss with his/her medical team to ensure the record is complete and necessary documentation is present for their case. Additionally, the legal team has the experience and knowledge to work with multiple commands, organizations, and individuals on and off Fort Sill to resolve Soldier issues that often arise while the Soldier is undergoing the MEB/PEB process. Soldiers do not have to be in the WTU (Warrior Transition Unit) to be eligible for this office's services.

Services provided to Soldiers during the MEB/PEB process:
Initial in brief
Review DA Form 3947 & NARSUM
Advise Soldiers of their rights
Assist developing evidence
Review Informal PEB decision
Request informal reconsideration by PEB
Represent Soldier at formal PEB hearing
Assist with COAD/COAR request
Assist with appeal

The Soldiers' Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) Counsel's Office is located inside the Fort Sill Legal Assistance Center on the fourth floor of the One Stop Building at 4700 Mow Way Road. To Schedule an appointment, please call their office at (580) 558-2382.


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