Gen. Edward Rice

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The Air Force has put into place most of the institutional safeguards recommended to end the sexual assault problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Education and Training Command, said the remaining changes are more long-term, and will be added over the next two years.

The 45 recommendations came out of the commander’s investigation last fall, and Rice said 35 safeguards have been put into place over the past nine months that are already proving successful.

Lackland Gateway walkway
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(Update: 2/22/2013) Military Judge Don Eller ruled the government’s 77-page list of cell phone data violates the instructor’s Constitutional rights, saying investigators extracted the information without a search warrant.

He added that at some point during the investigation, somebody at Joint Base San Antonio should have had a light bulb go on that told them to find a magistrate and file affidavits to get a search warrant.

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Air Force Top brass told a Congressional committee Wednesday that they had failed in their responsibility to maintain order and discipline among Lackland basic training instructors.

Veterans who were sexual assault victims told the committee that the culture of power abuse is the same today as it was decades ago when they served in the Air Force.

Gen. Edward Rice
U.S. Air Force

On Wednesday, Air Force investigators announced the findings of their probe into cases of sexual assault by military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Since January 1, 2012, dozens of cases have been uncovered; five instructors have been convicted, one was punished for military violations, and General Edward Rice, Commander of the Air Education Training Command, said dozens of other charges are being considered.

Gen. Edward Rice
U.S. Air Force

Gen. Edward Rice, who leads the Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio, has met with select members of Congress in the ongoing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Rice said unprofessional relationships at basic military training will not be tolerated.

Rice promised to establish and maintain an environment that he says is consistent with the high standards of professional conduct that the Air Force demands of instructors.

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