State Military Tribunal Mission and Members



Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

3411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Lansing, MI 48906

(517) 481-8082


The military appeals tribunal was created by Act 523 of the Public Acts of 1980, being section M.C.L. 32.1067. The tribunal consists of 5 members appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, for a term of 4 years. The tribunal has appellate jurisdiction, upon petition of an accused, to hear and review the record in all decisions of a court-martial after the review provided in the Michigan code of military justice. The tribunal sits as a panel of 3 members with the concurrence of 2 members necessary for a decision. The tribunal has promulgated administrative rules.


The members of the tribunal are:

Thomas Bourque, Ann Arbor

Term ends 4/16/16


Michael Distel, East Grand Rapuds

Term ends 4/16/16

Kyle R. Dufrane, Macomb

Term ends 4/16/15


Robert C. Gardella, Brighton

Term ends 4/16/15


Bradley L. Smith, Addison

Term ends 4/16/15