SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) today released the following statement about new efforts by the Air Force to expand its investigation of the sexual abuse scandal at Lackland Air Force Base by contacting current and former airmen and airwomen who cycled through training at the base within the last ten years. Previously, the investigation only reached back until 2008.

“It is a good sign that the Air Force is broadening its investigation of the Lackland sex abuse scandal by contacting airmen and airwomen who went through training at the base as far back as 10 years ago. I first called for an expanded investigation several months ago because I have reason to believe that sexual misconduct by trainers is a pervasive problem that began well before Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrived at the base.  

“Some instructors at Lackland were getting away with sexual misconduct because their victims and peers were too scared of retaliation to report the crimes. The new investigative effort by the Air Force is a good first step that shows leadership are serious about examining the problem.

“I urge all victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or misconduct to report the incidents to the AETC. You can remain anonymous: DSN 487-0008 or (210) 652-0008.”