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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 072-03
June 17, 2003

Air Force Academy Review Panel Sets First Public Meeting

The panel established to review sexual misconduct allegations at the United States Air Force Academy will hold its first public meeting on Monday, June 23, 2003, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, in Room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D. C.

Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) and Representative Joel Hefley (R-Colo. 5th Dist.) are scheduled to appear before the panel. An informational briefing from representatives of the Air Force on the "Report of the Working Group Concerning the Deterrence of and Response to Incidents of Sexual Assault at the U. S. Air Force Academy" also will be a part of the proceedings. The report, scheduled for release this week, is the result of the investigation conducted by the Air Force General Counsel.

The session is open to the general public and also for media coverage. The media point of contact is Glenn Flood, (703) 695-6294; e-mail: glenn.flood@osd.mil .

The panel was established by Congress in Section 501 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003, Public Law 108-11. It was created to carry out a study of the policies, management and organizational practices, and cultural elements of the United States Air Force Academy that were conducive to allowing sexual misconduct (including sexual assaults and rape) at the United States Air Force Academy.

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