Field Placement Supervisor
Breier W. Scheetz
LCDR, JAGC, USN
Region Legal Service Office Southeast
Branch Office New Orleans
NAS JRB Belle Chasse
400 Russell Ave., Bldg 492, Room 225A
New Orleans, LA 70143-6100
Field Placement Office
New Orleans Naval Base
Field Placement Office Website
Field Placement Description
The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is a military base located in Belle Chasse, Louisiana which is in Plaquemines Parish. The base is home to the 159th Fighter Wing, USCG Air Station New Orleans, a Marine Corps Reserve unit as well as other US Navy & US Army activities. The base has a 24/7 operating schedule to support both the 159th FW's NORAD air sovereignty/homeland defense requirements and for Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans search and rescue/maritime law enforcement/port security missions.
From a legal perspective, the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps provides solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness. The office also provides legal counsel for military retirees in the area who seek legal services on a variety of issues.
Below is an overview of the responsibilities of the Staff Judge Advocate's office:
Prosecution of Courts-Martial: The office provides preliminary processing including drafting of charges, review of preliminary inquiries, and advice regarding the preferral and referral of court-martial charges.
Command Services: The office provides advice and assistance for all aspects of nonjudicial punishment, including preliminary processing, conducting the NJP hearing, preparing letters of censure and forwarding appeals. It also provides JAG Manual (JAGMAN) investigations training, advice and assistance to investigating officers in the course of an investigation, preparation of JAGMAN reports and review by the convening authority. The staff provides administrative separation advice and assistance in all aspects of the administrative separation process including, in appropriate cases, the providing of a recorder (government representative).
Miscellaneous: The office provides advice on a myriad of administrative law matters including, but not limited to, officer/enlisted performance, detachment for cause, government ethics, fraternization, sexual harassment, search and seizure, inspector general/Congressional inquiries, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, freedom of expression, mental health evaluations, indebtedness complaints, hate crime issues and family advocacy issues including child abuse, paternity, family support, and domestic violence.
Other experience may include assisting on legal issues related to the legal assistance office, where local retirees and actiive military seek legal services. The legal assistance office provides advice on a wide range of issues, including:
Consumer law: identity theft, general and automobile contracts,
creditor/debtor, and consumer fraud/abuse.
Family Law: divorce, child and spousal support, and paternity
Estate planning: wills, basic trusts, medical powers of attorney,
springing powers of attorney, and living wills.
Landlord/tenant and property law: review and interpretation of
leases, security deposits, evictions, housing codes, and review of real
estate purchase agreements.
Immigration law: naturalization, immigration for dependents and
other personal citizenship issues.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): advice on the protections
and effects of the SCRA, including protections from default judgments while
deployed, interest caps on pre-service debt obligations (e.g., student
loans), and ability to break property and service leases in case of
deployments or permanent change of station (PCS) moves.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA):
advice on the protections and effects of USERRA as well as assistance
exercising rights under this law, for Reserve Component members.
Taxes: advice on federal, state and local taxes. The office also
provides voluntary income tax assistance (VITA) during the January through
April tax season.
Field Placement Requirements
All students are encouraged to apply. Students particulary interested in future Navy JAG corp career opportunities should seriously consider this placement.
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. The Office of Skills seeks to place all summer extern applications in by April 20th with finalized placements set by May 1st. Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. All externship applications for Fall should be submitted by July 31st. Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.