Colonel Lance E. Freeman is the Staff Judge Advocate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  He is responsible for providing legal advice to the AFLCMC Commander, AFLCMC staff, and subordinate legal offices, to include supporting the Commander’s role as the general court-martial convening authority over two installations and subordinate organizations located in a nine-state region.  AFLCMC employs more than 28,000 people and has a budget of over $300 billion.

Colonel Freeman received a direct commission as an Air Force judge advocate in December 2002 and entered active duty in January 2003. He has served as a division chief, combined air operations center legal advisor, wing staff judge advocate, group staff judge advocate, deputy staff judge advocate, regional office chief, litigation attorney, and an area defense counsel. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.


1997 - Associate of Arts, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
1999 - Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2002 - Juris Doctor, Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA
2005 - Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2010 - Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2011 - Master of Laws, General (Labor & Employment Law), George Washington University  Law School, Washington, D.C.
2018 - Air War College, by correspondence 

  1. January 2003 – July 2005, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (Chief of Legal Assistance & Preventive Law, Claims, Labor Law, and Adverse Actions), 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, WA
  2. July 2005 – August 2007, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (Chief of Civil Law and Chief of Military Justice), 15th Airlift Wing, Hickam AFB, HI
  3. August 2007 – July 2008, Area Defense Counsel, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Hickam AFB, HI
  4. July 2008 – August 2010, Litigation Attorney, Information Litigation Branch, General Litigation Division, AFLOA, Arlington, VA (May 2009 – November 2009, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, Arlington, VA)
  5. August 2010 – June 2011, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.
  6. June 2011 – July 2013, Chief, Los Angeles Regional Office, Labor Law Field Support Center, General Litigation Division, AFLOA, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  7. July 2013 – July 2016, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins AFB, GA
  8. July 2016 – July 2018, Staff Judge Advocate, 502nd Force Support Group, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX
  9. July 2018 – June 2020, Staff Judge Advocate, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  10. June 2020 – July 2021, Legal Advisor, USCENTCOM CAOC (609 AOC), 9 AF (AFCENT), Al Udeid  Air Base, Qatar
  11. August 2021 – July 2023, Chief, Personnel and Information Law Division, Civil Law and Litigation Directorate, LOA, Joint Base Andrews, MD
  12. July 2023 – Present, Staff Judge Advocate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH  


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster


First Lieutenant                                                6 January 2003
Captain                                                                     6 July 2003
Major                                                                     1 March 2010
Lieutenant Colonel                                                  1 July 2015
Colonel                                                                     1 April 2020
(Current as of July 2023)