Good to see the Air Force is taking the problem of sexual assault in its ranks seriously. It has been in the news lately, unfortunately, after dozens of female trainees at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio alleged they had been assaulted by their male instructors.
Last month, an instructor was sentenced to 20 years in prison after his conviction of raping one recruit and sexually assaulting several others. At least a dozen have been under investigation, and six have been charged with crimes including rape and adultery. Last Friday, the Air Force removed the colonel in charge of the service’s basic training from command.
“We are leaving no stone unturned,” General Edward Rice, Jr., commander of Air Education and Training Command, pledged at the Pentagon in June. “I’m not minimizing this investigation. In fact, I’m being as aggressive as I can. And we won’t stop the investigation until I’m completely satisfied that we’ve done as thorough a job as we possibly can.”
No kidding. Check out this list of textbooks the Air Force’s Special Investigations Academy – bet you didn’t even know it existed — wants to buy.