US Air Force Academy official, Brig. Gen. Susan Desjardins, told lawmakers last week that the academy has “come a long way in addressing sexual assault and violence since the events of 2003 and before.” Desjardins, who is the new commandant of cadets, testified that the school first had “to understand sexual assault as a continuum of inappropriate behaviors,” and sought outside experts in the field to help the school identify the nature of the crimes and methods to use to prevent them. (Read the Air Force news release here.) The latest DOD survey of service academies showed that sexual assault and harassment has declined at USAFA.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.