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WoW: Capt. Stephanie Wharen

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The Weasel of the Week series asks Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, heroes, experts and all-around great Airmen to share their likes, dislikes, Air Force spirit and personalities. We sat down with Capt. Stephanie Wharen, 20th Fighter Wing chief of military justice, to find out more about them.


Name: Capt. Stephanie Wharen


Unit: 20th Fighter Wing


Job: Chief of Military Justice


Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


Short Term Goals: To continue fostering the team work and proficiency in the justice section so that we can continue to prove that we have the military justice program in the Air Force.


Long Term Goals: Become a Staff Judge Advocate and serve in a deployed environment.



Time at Shaw AFB: Half a year


What do you like about your job?  I enjoy being able to advise commanders on their options in dealing with justice issues and helping trial teams progress through the court-martial process.


What do you think is something people don’t understand or may take for granted about your job?  From the outside looking in, it can be hard to see how much time, effort and work go into the court-martial process.  Our team works extremely hard to seek a just result for all parties involved.


Who are you when you’re not working?  I have a dog named Sadie who is a 6 and a half year old lab/boxer/pit mix. Up until I joined the Air Force, I competitively boxed throughout law school and fought at the Ringside World Amateur tournament in 2015 and at the U.S. Nationals in 2016.  In being assigned to Shaw, I am back in the Columbia area and have the opportunity to train again with my boxing coach and team at Robinson-Neal Boxing Academy. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will be ready to compete again.