By Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow, 31 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 13, 2019
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jheremy Perkins, 31st Fighter Wing assistant staff judge advocate, poses for a photo, Aviano Air Base, Italy, June 11, 2019. Perkins studied law before deciding to join the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jheremy Perkins, 31st Fighter Wing assistant staff judge advocate, poses for a photo. (Courtesy Photo)
As an assistant staff judge advocate, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jheremy Perkins, 31st Fighter Wing Legal Office, assists with bilateral agreements, contracts, ethics, fiscal law, disciplinary hearings and a variety of other legal issues that our Airmen and families deal with while stationed at Aviano Air Base.
Capt. Perkins did not always serve in the military, although his family influence guided him toward his current career.
“I came from a close extended family and my aunt, some of my uncles and a cousin served in the military [Army and Air Force] - growing up with that influence, I had a greater respect for military service,” said Perkins.
Before joining the Air Force, Perkins attended law school and afterward returned home to work at a law firm.
Reflecting on his prior participation in nonprofit university organizations that provided legal assistance to those in need, Perkins made a commitment to not just serve the underprivileged but also an additional community of American citizens – the United States military.
“I realized I had already made a commitment to serve the underprivileged and those in need,” said Perkins. “I felt the military would allow me to serve my country and our service members in need of legal assistance. That commitment to serve led to my decision to serve in the USAF.”
Growing up, Perkins experienced firsthand how the justice system works, which influenced his decision to be involved in his current path.
He explained, “I grew up in Gary, Indiana. Gary, Indiana has a high crime rate and homicide rate and, as a city of at least 100,000 people, it frequently suffered from the most murders per capita in the U.S. during my formative years. Some of my closest childhood friends have been the victims of and the purveyors of these crimes.”
Perkins also explained how, although his childhood circumstances were sometimes difficult, he felt lucky.
“I frequently think about my past actions and decisions and I understand fate dealt me a fortunate hand,” said Perkins. “Growing up in these circumstances shaped my view of criminal justice, the value of life and understanding tomorrow is not promised.”
As for his current career path and his journey to get there, Perkins relayed important leadership principles that everyone can learn from.
He said, “I have a lot of beliefs, but perhaps the most important is we should all strive to do good in this world, to help our fellow man and to leave our communities, the Air Force, the world better off, even if only slightly.”
From Indiana to Italy, Capt. Jheremy Perkins practices his knowledge of law and caring for others to be one of Aviano Air Base’s exceptional leaders.