Coast Guardsman charged with assault and battery, maltreatment faces court-martial

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guardsman charged with assault and battery, cruelty and maltreatment will face a special court-martial Wednesday in Norfolk, Va.

Lt. Wayne Barfield, 44, is charged with violating a number of Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly engaging in a broad spectrum of misconduct ranging from assault and battery, inappropriate comments to drunk and disorderly conduct. The charges followed a one-month Coast Guard investigation.

Barfield is charged with:

  • Article 93 – Cruelty and Maltreatment
  • Article 128 – Assault and Battery
  • Article 133 – Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman
  • Article 134 – Punitive Articles (Fraternization, and Drunk and Disorderly Conduct)

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, decided to convene a court-martial based upon the recommendation of an Article 32 Investigation. An Article 32 Investigation is similar to a grand jury hearing in the civilian court system. The investigation concluded that reasonable grounds exist to try Barfield for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Barfield was formerly assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin and has been administratively assigned to Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Facilities Engineering Base Elizabeth City, N.C., while awaiting trial.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice is a complete set of criminal laws that covers most crimes contained in civilian law in addition to other military-specific offenses such as failure to obey an order, desertion, etc.  Additional information about the UCMJ and the military justice system can be found at:  http://www.uscg.mil/legal/mj/MJ_Doc/UCMJ12.pdf.

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One Comment

  1. M. A. Baker says:

    I was stationed with the accused back many years ago…my opinion and thoughts are of little consequence as it pertains to this story. I will leave a literary reference from William Shakespeare’s “HAMLET” as food for thought. As leaders…we must look after our own people and put their needs above our own petty desires. Without personal honor, trust, loyalty and respect toward our Juniors/Peers/Seniors , we run the risk of being hoisted by our own petards.

    “There’s letters seal’d: and my two schoolfellows,
    Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d,
    They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
    And marshal me to knavery.
    Let it work; For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
    Hoist with his own petar’; and ‘t shall go hard
    But I will delve one yard below their mines
    And blow them at the moon: O, ’tis most sweet,
    When in one line two crafts directly meet.”

    Respectfully,

    This Retired Old Chief Sends.