Sex scandal ends Air Force colonel’s career
Col. Glenn Palmer
August 10th, 2012
08:10 PM ET

Sex scandal ends Air Force colonel’s career

By Larry Shaughnessy

The man in charge of the Air Force's main basic training facility has been relieved of command after a series of investigations of sexual misconduct by instructors at the base, according to a senior Air Force official.

Col. Glenn Palmer was commander of the 737th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The base has been rocked in recent months by accusations by Air Force recruits who accuse their instructors of sexual assault or other misconduct.

Six instructors under Palmer's command have been charged in connection with the accusations, and a seventh has pleaded guilty to a charge of having an improper relationship with a trainee.

At least 31 trainees have been victims of the misconduct.

By relieving Palmer of command, the Air Force has made it impossible for him to get any more promotions, which effectively ends his military career, the official said.

He will be replaced by Col. Eric Axelbank, who had been Palmer's superior at Lackland, according to an Air Force press release.

In the meantime Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward continues to investigate the problems at Lackland, and will issue recommendations when her investigation is complete.


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  1. Our beloved Heroes

    This shows that this country has gone to hell in a hand basket, reading these posts is like reading a textbook on personality disorders. A serious topic, that should provoke outrage and demand change. This is, I'm sure , abuse that is tolerated and
    therefore encouraged by superiors. What is amazing, that we place ourselves in a moral superiority and preach at other country's for treatments of how woman are treated. I know that the air force has a morality clause,wonder if a lot of rapes towards men are also being discouraged with reports.There needs to be a new Data processing system In this online age , A higher standard for accountability and the corruption needs to stop with our sons and daughters. What is taking so long to implement the change , once and for all

    August 18, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • Wheeeeee!!!!

      Yes....this was undoubtedly encouraged by and tolerated by superiors....the whole court martial and relief of command is nothing more than a smoke screen. Every single American should be ashamed and and blame themselves and never again should we as a nation pretend that we have any morality.....secretly we know we are all racist, nazi, and love faux news and name our children after the big guy named Rush.

      September 7, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  2. DoubleEM

    That is what you get when you put women in army...

    August 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  3. Sic

    I'll allow other service members to call it Chair Force, but if you think some Whiskey Tango like you are privileged to do so, you are wrong.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:19 am | Reply
  4. Jimmy

    Almost every man can face adversity. Give a person power, and that is a true test of his character. Abraham Lincoln

    August 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Sodomite

      Lincoln was a vile, murderous man.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
      • Sodomite

        I'm sorry......I didn't mean to say "man".

        I meant to say............"piece of sh!t!".

        August 14, 2012 at 12:26 am |
      • Joe dirt

        That is very strange. Because when I was f–king your chinese grandma, she said "lincoln is the best" as she climaxed.

        August 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  5. NoN

    This is national security news? The only surprising news about this story is how the instructors got away with it for so long given all the barracks spies, informers, backbiters, and slanderers in that sorry excuse for a service.

    August 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  6. Hello

    I was at Lackland as a female AF pinger in '74. my Flight was the the first to have male TI's. There was no problem then from the Instructor.. He was great. We had a female co-TI at the time. But there was issues with the other male
    enlisted guys who would hit on the females when they got a chance. Was in the infirmary with a bad case of
    blisters, when I over heard a conversation with a 30 something male hitting on a very young and naive female pinger. He from my more mature point of view made a complete AZZzzz of himself on the garbage he was feeding that kid. After he left I told her he was full of crap and just wanted to get into her pants... she believe him and not me.. I could imagine she was ripe for being a con victim... she had no clue she was begin conned. He was trying his best to charm her... and she fell for it hook line and sinker.... He was or THOUGHT he was a real slick willie... I could tell she had no idea he was skum.
    Always wondered if she ever got taken by the likes of him... she was so gullible.... so sad.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • ed gein

      The crotch wants what the crotch wants, I guess.

      August 12, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      The world needs more bitter c.ock-blockers like you ...

      August 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • egrant28


        August 27, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Mister Jones

      The fact that you are still bitter about someone else getting laid FORTY years ago is borderline insane!!! If you weren't getting any in San Antonion in the 70's, there must have been something horribly wrong with you. Since you were Chair Force, it's easy to imagine that you were probably way out of shape, but big girls in Texas usually get nailed too, so are (were) you horribly butter faced or something? Or were you just a b.itch? I bet you were a BLAST to have around on liberty ...

      August 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • ed gein

        GF dump you over the weekend?

        August 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  7. Bangash


    August 12, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
  8. ed gein


    August 11, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  9. Bangash

    wow old man playing with crazy chicks, loosing his job.

    August 11, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  10. Mike

    You are full of it, that is like saying the principle of a school is glad that a teacher raped children they taught. The instructors admittedly covered up their actions, unlike Penn State had leadership known something would have been done sooner.

    August 11, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • Davis

      Mike – in the military world, the leaders are responsible for the climate of their command. Under his command, this Colonel allowed a climate to prosper where this sort of activity was condoned or ignored. Currently in the Air Force (and all branches of the service), there is a GIANT push to train folks about this sort of activity, and it NOT being acceptable. The fact that so many of his subordinates conducted themselves in this manner IS a reflection on the commander, which is why he was relieved of command. Whether he knew about the activities of those NCOs working for him or not, it was on his watch that it happened. If it were just one or two, then fry only those individuals. However this went far beyond affecting just one or two people, and it shows that the commander of the unit was not really in control of his Airmen or the "climate" of the command.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  11. Fritz

    That satisfying look on his face indicates his instructors were willing to share their recruit conquests with the colonel.

    August 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Sodomite

      He was probably being fellated as the picture was taken.

      August 11, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
      • Joe dirt

        As I said I f–ked your Chinese grandma. She loved every minute of it. I was wearing an AMerican flag cape too!

        August 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Ignorance is not bliss

      Shut the hell up. you don't have ANY clue what you're talking about.

      September 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
      • Jwhaler

        This is the best news I've heard on this case. It means we're getting somewhere.

        October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

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