Legal Readiness

  • Published
  • By Lt. Col. Todd Shugart
  • 908th Airlift Wing, Staff Judge Advocate

As most are surely aware, the 908th Airlift Wing recently executed a major deployment. In fact, it was the largest deployment in the history of the 908th, and took place in the face of unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID pandemic. In preparation for that deployment, hundreds of our members visited our office, ensuring their legal readiness and obtaining necessary legal guidance, wills, and powers of attorney. 

Going forward, it is important that each of you as members of the wing maintain your legal readiness. For all of our members, we encourage you to take assessment of your individual situation to ensure that you and your family members are prepared and equipped to handle your affairs at all times.  

For many, this may be as simple as obtaining an appropriate power of attorney authorizing a trusted friend or family member to handle certain responsibilities. If you are married, your spouse should be equipped to handle most things without the need for a power of attorney, to include caring for your children.

 However, if you are single, a single parent, or in a blended family, you may need to legally designate an agent to handle important responsibilities. And, if you have encountered any significant life changes, such as a marriage, the addition of children, divorce, custody modification, etc., it may be prudent to visit the legal office and obtain our guidance on what documents are best suited for your situation.  

Please undertake this assessment early and well in advance of any deployment or long-term TDY. For those of you that require legal assistance, whether in the form of a power of attorney, will, or sound legal advice, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

We welcome the opportunity to serve each of you!

Lt Col Todd Shugart

Staff Judge Advocate

908th Airlift Wing