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The Air Force’s chief legal officer wants to know what you think it will take to reduce sexual assault in the military. General Counsel Charles A. Blanchard asks airmen and civilians alike for feedback on a blog post this week. Blanchard oversees Air Force lawyers around the world. The call-out comes just more than a week after the chief of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office was arrested for sexual battery in Arlington, Va. Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski is accused of grabbing the breasts and buttocks of a woman he didn’t know outside a Crystal City restaurant…

The same day military victims of sexual assault testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, NBC News aired an interview Wednesday with the woman whose accusation ultimately led to the court-martial conviction in November of an Air Force lieutenant colonel based at Aviano, Italy. In a twist that critics say undermines the military’s effort to stamp out sexual assault, Lt. Col. Craig Wilkerson’s conviction was overturned by Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin in late February after reviewing the evidence presented at the court-martial. The dismissal, a power which military commanders have held since 1775, has drawn sharp criticism from…

NATO will continue to be in charge of media embeds for U.S. and other NATO forces after the Afghan defense ministry assumes the responsibility for embedding reporters with Afghan security forces, a NATO spokesman said. On Jan. 26, Politico reported the Afghans would take over the responsibility for embedding journalists in the coming months. But Army Lt. Col. Richard Spiegel clarified on Tuesday that reporters wishing to embed with U.S. forces and NATO allies will continue to go through the existing embed process, which is run through ISAF Joint Command. “I did emphasize that as we move to the Security…

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