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Swearing in judges on the Court of Military Commission Review.[1] John Rolph swears in Paul Holden, Dawn Scholz, Steven Walburn, Amy Bechtold, Steven Thompson, Lisa Schenck, and Eric Geiser.

Amy Bechtold is an American military judge[2] and lawyer who was formerly a Colonel in the United States Air Force.[1][3] Bechtold is notable for her appointment to the United States Court of Military Commission Review.

Bechtold entered the Air Forces JAG Corps in 1981.[4]

Bechtold was selected for promotion to full Colonel in 2001.[5]

Bechtold served in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters or war.[4][6]

Bechtold served as Chief Judge of the Air Force's Court of Military Review, from 31 October 2006 to 6 September 2007.[7] Although Bechtold continued to serve as the Chief Judge until September 2007 she had already been appointed to fill one of the United States Court of Military Commission Review positions reserved for civilians in July 2007.[1]

Brain aneurysm

In 2011 Bechtold was diagnosed as having a life-threatening brain aneurysm.[4][6] Bechtold underwent emergency surgery. Her surgery was conducted using new, non-invasive techniques, and CBS News chose her case to serve as an example in a segment on the new technique for The Early Show. Rather than surgically opening her skull and brain a catheter was threaded through her brain`s arteries to the region of the aneurysm. where it ejected a chemical that triggered a clot within the aneurysm. Bechtold was able to leave the hospital the next day, although she took a month`s sick leave. According to CBS Bechtold had a family history of brain aneurysm, and so could recognize the symptoms prior to the aneurysm bursting.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jason Jones. "Navy Judges Lend Expertise to the Court of Military Commission Review" (PDF). Jag Mag. Retrieved 2008-09-11.  [dead link] mirror
  2. Leonard, Arthur S. New York Law School, "Lesbian/Gay Law Notes", May 2002
  3. Colin H. Kahl (2007). "In the Crossfire or the Crosshairs?". 32. International Security. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  mirror
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Don Teague (2011-06-13). "Aneurysms: Super-glue-like fluid gives new hope". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-06-25. "He said that, for nearly three decades, Amy Bechtold has served her country as a colonel and judge in the Air Force JAG Corps." 
  5. "Line of the Air Force-Judge Advocate Promotion Selectees". United States Air Force. 2001. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ryan Jaslow (2011-06-14). "Aneurysm glue saves lives without major surgery, doctors say". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-06-25. "The Air Force judge survived tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan but nearly died after a bad case of ringing in the ears led her to seek medical care, which revealed an aneurysm in her brain." 
  7. "Past Judges". United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeal. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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