WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is assessing how the Air Force is responding to a widening sex scandal.
Republican Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California traveled to Lackland Air Force Base on Sunday and met with four-star Gen. Edward Rice Jr., other military officials and 30 recruits during a three-hour visit. Investigators have said dozens of female recruits were sexually assaulted or harassed by their male instructors at the Texas base.
McKeon said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that officials were being diligent in their investigations and addressing problems at Lackland.
Military prosecutors have investigated more than a dozen instructors and charged six with crimes ranging from rape to adultery.
Lackland is where every new American airman reports for eight weeks of basic training.