NEWS | May 19, 2014

Recover money for your unit today

By 628th Staff Judge Advocate

It is Air Force policy to aggressively pursue and recover Air Force losses (property damage claims) caused by non-members. A claim is pursued against a responsible party (individual or business) who causes damage to installation property. Supervisors have a responsibility to discover and report potential claims to the Legal Office to affect a proper recovery. (AFI 51-502, Personnel and Government Recovery Claims, paragraph 4.1).

The Legal Office needs your help to make this program successful. While we typically receive notification of damaged property from Security Forces, we cannot identify every responsible party who damages installation property. If you see an accident with damage to Air Force property, contact the Civil Law Division at the Legal Office. A detailed description with identifying data such as a license tag or other relevant data is extremely helpful.

By sharing this information, you can help the Air Force obtain recovery for these losses. Your efforts will ensure the responsible party pays for Air Force property damage or the responsible party repairs the damage caused to Air Force property, saving unnecessary expenses to our operations allowing the installation to further the mission.

In this era of declining budgets, identifying potential claims and recovering monies, related to damaged Air Force property is vital to installation success. The Civil Law Division claims personnel, will investigate, research and assert every viable claim. All you need to do is to notify us when you see damage to Air Force property.

The Legal Office contacts are Capt. Mark Steitz and Airman 1st Class Kendra Menefee. They can be contacted in the legal office at commercial: 963-5502 or DSN: 673-5502.