Air Force Commander Ousted in Wake of Lackland Assaults
Colonel Glenn Palmer, who oversaw all basic training of enlisted Air Force recruits, was relieved of command today, said Collen McGee, a spokeswoman for the 37th Training Wing at Lackland.
“There’s no wrongdoing on Colonel Palmer’s part,” McGee said in an interview. “It’s a lack of confidence in his ability to maintain safe training for airmen.”
Palmer’s boss, Colonel Eric Axelbank, commander of the 37th Training Wing, “decided it was time that new leadership was needed,” McGee said.
The Air Force has been investigating 15 military instructors at the Texas base for alleged sexual misconduct involving at least 38 victims.
Six of the instructors have been charged with crimes ranging from improper sexual advances to rape. The others are being investigated for allegations of sexual contact, non- physical contact through social media and, in at least two cases, some form of sexual assault.
One instructor, Staff Sergeant Luis Walker, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on July 21 for crimes including rape, adultery, obstruction of justice and aggravated sexual assault.
Lackland, one of the military’s busiest training centers, provides basic training to all Air Force enlisted recruits. About 500 instructors train 35,000 cadets annually.
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