MTI accused of sick stuff — this week's Air Force Times


At least 50 trainees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland claim they were forced to perform degrading and often painful tasks by their military training instructor, who now faces charges of cruelty, assault, wrongful sexual contact and related offenses.

You can read about the allegations of abuse against Tech. Sgt. Bobby Bass, whose court-martial marks the fist time since the sexual misconduct scandal began two years ago that the alleged victims are male.

Also this week, the man who prosecuted Lt. Col. James Wilkerson says he was  caught off guard when a three-star general overturned the sex assault conviction against Wilkerson.

Col. Donald Christensen spoke to Air Force Times about the difference between losing a trial and having a convening authority nullify a conviction.

In other news, the Air Force needs a bit more than 1,200 airmen to leave the service before Sept. 30 to meet its congressionally mandated end strength for this fiscal year.

An Air Force official talks to Air Force Times about whether further involuntary separation measures will be needed to cut all of the airmen.

Meanwhile, folks at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., are in a holding pattern as they wait for 24 F-22s to be transferred there from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

About 200 airmen have already transferred to Tyndall to take care of the planes, which have been caught up in the general political dysfunction in Washington.

And one person feels that all the work needed to get ready for VIP visits is a waste of money given current financial constraints. Now the Air Force Inspector General’s Office is reviewing a complaint into upcoming visits by Col. Craig Wolfenbarger, husband of the head of Air Force Materiel Command.

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