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Armed Services chairman visits Texas base, assesses scandal

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is assessing how the Air Force is responding to a widening sex scandal.

Republican Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California traveled to Lackland Air Force Base on Sunday and met with four-star Gen. Edward Rice Jr., other military officials and 30 recruits during a three-hour visit. Investigators have said dozens of female recruits were sexually assaulted or harassed by their male instructors at the Texas base.

Mr. McKeon said officials were being diligent in their investigations and addressing problems at Lackland.

Military prosecutors have investigated more than a dozen instructors and charged six with crimes including rape and adultery.

Lackland is where every new American airman reports for eight weeks of basic training.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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