Air Force General Edward A. Rice, Jr., the Commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), sought the council of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) to discus their recommendations for addressing the crisis of sexual assaults at the Air Force’s training facilities. You can read about SWAN, their recommendations, and their meeting with Gen. Rice at this constant contact link.
The most egregious example of systemic sexual assaults occurred at Basic Military Training on Lackland AFB, involving 38 cases of assault on trainees. The bad news is that many of these cases occurred during Gen. Rice’s watch as Commander of AETC. The good news is that the investigation into the cases also occurred during his watch.
General Rice is experienced instituting cultural change into Air Force units. As the Wing Cadet First Sergeant when women first entered the Air Force Academy, Ed Rice was strict, professional, and aware of the problems the women encountered. He helped to stem the upper class cadets intent on fraternizing with the doolies from streaming into the Women’s Area. The day I most needed encouragement, he provided it — and I hadn’t thought he even knew of me. He experienced and overcame racism, making him a great role model.
I hope Ed Rice, USAFA ’78, brings all his talents to correcting this deplorable situation. YOU can help; donate to SWAN at this link.