Air Force base training head out amid sex scandal

Air Force Col. Eric Axelbank is seen in this undated picture. U.S. Air Force

(AP) SAN ANTONIO - The head of training at Lackland Air Force Base has stepped down and is headed to the Pentagon amid a sweeping sex scandal involving instructors and trainees.

The San Antonio Express News reports Wednesday that Air Force Col. Eric Axelbank handed command of the 37th Training Wing to Col. Mark Camerer in a ceremony closed to the media.

The Air Force had previously announced Axelbank's departure and said it was a normal change of command. But it comes as the Air Force implements new training guidelines.

The base's top commander, Col. Glenn Palmer, was ousted last month.

Military prosecutors have investigated over a dozen Lackland instructors and charged six with crimes ranging from rape to adultery.

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A court-martial was set to open Wednesday against one of the instructors, Master Sgt. Jamey Crawford.

He's accused of wrongfully conducting a sexual relationship with a basic trainee, wrongfully serving alcohol to the trainee, adultery with the trainee and making a false official statement.

He's the latest instructor at Lackland to face trial in the sex scandal. Lackland is where all Air Force recruits go through basic training. It has about 500 instructors for about 35,000 airmen who graduate every year.

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