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Reports: Commander Out at Lackland Air Base

U.S. Air Force

In the wake of a sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the commander of the Air Force’s sole basic military training group has been dismissed.

Colonel Glenn E. Palmer served as commander of Air Force Basic Military Training at the 737th Training Group at Lackland. In his tenure overseeing operations there, the base has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault from female trainees.

The Associated Press reports:

Officials familiar with the decision said Palmer has been relieved from those duties, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public. The officials said there was no indication Palmer was facing any criminal charges. In all, six instructors have been charged with offenses ranging from rape to adultery.

As KUT News reported last month, Lackland has been the focus of a sexual assault scandal involving 15 instructors, with investigators saying approximately 40 female trainees were victimized.  Staff Sgt. Luis Walker received a 20-year prison term in June for rape and sexual assault.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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