Largest Military Sex Scandal in Nearly 20 Years Continues to Unfold in San Antonio

The sex scandal that recently erupted at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has had wide-reaching implications for those involved. Just this past month, Col. Glenn Palmer was removed from command of the 737th Training Group. According to the San Antonio Express-News, while a military spokesperson does not implicate Palmer in the scandal, the Air Force decided that the unit at the center of the scandal would benefit from new leadership.

Previously, Staff Sgt. Luis Walker had been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This sentence came after Walker was convicted of rape and sexual assault in a military proceeding under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The rape and sexual assaults were of female recruits who were part of the training program at Lackland Air Force Base.

Thousands of military trainees move through Lackland Air Force Base’s training every year. Male instructors, such as Staff Sgt. Walker, are alleged to have sexually harassed and assaulted female recruits that were at Lackland Air Force Base as part of the training program.

Just like any employer, the Air Force should ensure that its instructors and trainees are aware of the ramifications of sexual harassment in the workplace. Further, victims of sexual harassment should feel free to report such conduct without fear of retaliation.

Source: SA Express News