Alaska airman receives discipline for urinating in coffee maker

Two of my four Canadian daughters are visiting for a couple of weeks to help take care of dad (and because I can’t fly, they came to me).

We spent the weekend on the beach at the Gold Coast and during the drive – it’s only an hour, pending traffic – we recounted our various automobile experiences including peeing into a coffee tin so progress would not be impeded (it wasn’t me).

David Aaro of Fox News reports an Alaska-based airman was punished for reportedly peeing in an office coffee maker.

The incident was reported in a newsletter written by the legal office of the Anchorage Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Feb. 13, although many of the details remained a mystery.

According to the newsletter, the Airman First Class violated two articles — one being Article 92, dereliction of duty, “for failure to refrain from urinating in the office coffee maker.”

The airman also allegedly violated Article 86, absence without leave, for five days away from duty.

Due to his actions, the airman received a reduction to Airman Basic — the lowest enlisted rank in the United States Air Force (USAF). The airman also received a reprimand, although it was not clear what that entailed, according to Task & Purpose, a military-focused website.

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