I recently had the pleasure of representing a young man who was facing criminal charges related to a “make-out” session that he allegedly had with another paralegal. The local command was wholly behind the Soldier, and the notion that the case did not rate ruining his life. Unfortunately, for him, the SJA apparently pressured higher command to refer charges. This was a classic case of unlawful command influence. After meeting with the local command sergeant major I was able to “effect” things and the charges were later dropped. This is a perfect example of how meeting with the local chain of command at Ft Lewis can make a huge difference in helping his future.