4th Fighter Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Legal Patch

1600 Wright Brothers Avenue, Suite 265
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC 27531
DSN: 722-5322
Commercial: 919-722-5322
Office Hours: 
Monday - Wednesday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. Thursday 7:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Our Mission

Serve Team Seymour by providing professional, agile, full-spectrum legal support to ensure the production and projection of airpower for America.

The Air Force Legal Assistance website is an additional resource service members have to obtain helpful information on a number of legal topics including consumer/financial affairs, family law, immigration, real property, the Service Members Civil Relief Act, taxation, voting, wills and estates, and many others. Information on the website is for educational and informational purposes only. The website cannot replace consultation with the local judge advocate general.


The information provided on this website is meant for the sole use of Active Duty service members, retirees, their families, and those individuals eligible for legal assistance. The information is general in nature and meant only to provide a brief overview of various legal matters. Rights and responsibilities vary widely according to the particular set of circumstances in each case. Laws can vary across states, services, and civilian jurisdictions and laws change from time to time. Do not rely upon the general restatements of background information presented here without discussing your specific situation with a legal professional.

Legal Assistance

Eligibility for Legal Assistance
The 4th Fighter Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides legal assistance to support and sustain command effectiveness and readiness. Individuals who are eligible for legal assistance must present a valid military identification card. The following individuals are eligible to obtain services offered by the legal office: active-duty military members including members of the Reserve or National Guard on Title 10, dependents, members entitled to retired or retainer pay and their dependents. For further details on who is eligible, refer to Air Force Instruction 51-304, Legal Assistance, Notary, Preventative Law and Tax Program.

Services Provided

The 4 FW Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides legal assistance and preventative law education to service members, retirees, and dependents on a wide range of legal matters, to include: Wills, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, protections, and responsibilities under the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), Family Law, Landlord Tenant Law, Consumer Law, taxation, and Exceptional Family Member Program legal assistance.

Legal Assistance/Will Appointments
Legal Assistance is done by appointment only, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Each appointment is 30 minutes long. To schedule an appointment, call 919-722-5322 during normal duty hours, Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wills and other legal assistance matters are by appointment only. Wills will only be scheduled upon completion of the Will Worksheet and/or ticket number. This can be accomplished on the legal assistance website at  https://aflegalassistance.us.af.mil. Legal assistance is scheduled on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Each appointment is 30 minutes long unless we are executing a Will for a couple. To schedule an appointment, please call 919-722-5322.

Notary/Power of Attorney Service
Notaries and Powers of Attorney (POAs) are done on a walk-in basis Monday - Friday during our hours of operation. To start building your Power of Attorney worksheet, go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil,  select "Legal Worksheets" and click the "Create Power of Attorney Worksheet" button. Once the worksheet is complete, bring your ticket number to the office to receive your POA.

Article 137 Re-enlistment Brief
As of 14 April 2022, re-enlistees will have the option to complete the mandatory Article 137 brief via MyLearning.  Members will need to attach their certificate of completion to their re-enlistment form provided by MPF and bring a copy to the legal office to sign our log for completion. Please note, this does not apply to First Term Airmen, they will complete this requirement via FTAC.

Preventative Law Information

Credit and Debt Issues: Information relating to bankruptcy, fraud, and your rights as a debtor.
Domestic and Family Issues: A wide range of information regarding topics such as adoption, legal name change, child support, divorce, paternity information and more.
DWIs: DWIs, driving while impaired, in North Carolina.
Immigration and Naturalization: Becoming a US citizen can be a long and confusing experience. The information provided here can help answer some questions.
Landlord and Tenant: Whether a service member is renting a house or apartment for the first time or for the tenth time, they still might have some important questions.
Purchasing Home & Vehicle: When buying a large ticket item, service members want to make sure that they, and their items, are covered.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Being a service member, you have certain rights under the SCRA.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Information for Reservists and Guard members pertaining to employment and reemployment rights.
Voting and Passport: Helpful information on voting in the military and getting passports for you and your family.
Wills, Estates, and SGLI: Getting a last will and testament ready can seem daunting, but this information can speed up the process, especially if a service member is deploying last minute.
You and Your Lawyer: Helpful information when researching for a private attorney.
Exceptional Family Member Program: Applying for Individual Education program (IEP) at schools.
We assist with:
- Appealing decisions on family member's IEP
- Assistance setting up special need's trusts

Household Good Claims

For information about household goods claims, visit the Air Force Claims Service Center.


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