A widening sex scandal has rocked Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Four male instructors are charged with having sex with, and in one case raping, female trainees. (June 25)
ITS A SUNNY DAY OF POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE..GRADUATION FOR THE TRAINEES OF LACKLAND AIRFORCE BASE. [[NATS-I AM AN AIRMAN.] [[locator: San Antonio][[VOICE OVER] IT'S THE CULMINATION OF EIGHT WEEKS OF BASIC TRAINING. BUT A CLOUD STILL HANGS OVER THE NATION'S LONE FACILITY FOR TURNING ENLISTEES INTO AIRMEN…--NATS -WOMEN TRAINEES MARCHING..IN THE PAST YEAR, NEARLY THREE DOZEN MILITARY TRAINING INSTRUCTORS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO MISCONDUCT…SOME IN CONNECTION WITH A WIDENING SEX SCANDAL…ALL OF THE VICTIMS ARE FEMALE TRAINEES--[NATS][[VIDEO: COURTESY KSAT]ONE INSTRUCTOR FACING CHARGES IS STAFF SGT. LUIS WALKER… IN december AIR FORCE INVESTIGATORS SAID HE HAD ILLICIT SEXUAL CONTACT WITH AT LEAST 10 FEMALE RECRUITS…ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR WHO'S ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ADMITTED TO IMPROPER CONTACT WITH 10 FEMALE TRAINEES.[[SOT][[SUPER: COL GLENN PALMER/COMMANDER, BASIC MILITARY TRAINING]" I am not scared at all if we uncover more MTI disciplinary allegations." [[STAND UP][[SUPER: JOHN MONE//ASSOCIATED PRESS/SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS] "the colonel overseeing basic military training, took the investigation so seriously that he stopped operations for an entire day…this is a base that runs 50 out of 52 weeks of the year."[[SOT]][[SUPER: COL GLENN PALMER/COMMANDER, BASIC MILITARY TRAINING]''it has to be addressed. I call it my kitty litter briefing. We'll keep digging until we see everything that's bad in there and be done with it." [VOICE OVER] COLONEL GLENN PALMER EXPECTS MORE THAN 36-THOUSAND RECRUITS TO PASS THROUGH THIS YEAR ALONE-20 PERCENT OF THEM WOMEN---"is there something that I didn't do, was there a better procedure that I could have implemented to prevent this."[[NATS-LEAD WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT, LEAD WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT] [[VOICE OVER] IN A RARE AND INTIMATE LOOK INTO ITS TRAINING PROGRAM, THE AIR FORCE OPENED THE DOORS TO THE MEDIA…NOT ONLY FOR US TO SEE THE RANK AND FILE, BUT HOW INSTRUCTORS GET TRAINED TOO---[[NATS-LEAD WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT, LEAD WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT] [[VOICE OVER]]MOST INSTRUCTORS ARE MALE, ONLY 11 PERCENT ARE WOMEN.[SOT][SUPER: Staff SGT. Sabrina RAMOS]"there's no moral affected by any trainer doing their jobs and pushing flights." [VOICE OVER]COLONEL PALMER SAYS HIS JOB IS ENSURE THAT EVERY TRAINEE IS SAFE AND FEELS SAFE TO REPORT MISCONDUCT..WHETHER IT'S A FELLOW AIRMAN OR AN OFFICER--[[SOT]][[SUPER: Airman JESSICA ALEXANDER/US AIRFORCE] " we do have comment cards, we try to use the chain of command, if we're uncomfortable, we fill out comment sheets to the next higher up in the chain."[[SOT][SUPER: Airman ANDREA MADISON/US AIRFORCE] "they listen to us, they don't shun us, they really want to be on our side."[[VOICE OVER]IN REACTION TO THE SCANDAL, MILITARY TRAINING INSTRUCTORS OR MTIs, HAVE NEW MORE STRINGENT GUIDELINES ON WHAT CONSTITUTES INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH RECRUITS. SOT[SUPER: MASTER SGT. GREGORY PENDLETON/ US AIRFORCE]" there are some things that we can grow from. We're revamping some of the courses that we have."[[VOICE OVER]AND THE SENIOR RANKING SERGEANT IN CHARGE OF MTIs SAYS THE TRAINING OF FUTURE TRAINERS IS GETTING NEW OVERSIGHT--[SOT][SUPER: MASTER SGT. GREGORY PENDLETON/ US AIRFORCE]"they're not getting they keys to the car until we sign them off on their tasks and their supervisor gets involved."[VOICE OVER]BUT THE CASE IS FAR FROM CLOSED. COLONEL PALMER HAS REQUESTED AN OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR TO LOOK FURTHER INTO THE SEX SCANDAL AND EXAMINE IF MORE SITUATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BETWEEN INSTRUCTORS AND TRAINEES TOOK PLACE. JOHN MONE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO.