Head of Air Force response to sex scandal retires

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A top Air Force training commander says he's retiring after leading the response to the scandal over sexual misconduct by Air Force trainers.

Gen. Edward Rice Jr. has headed the San Antonio-based Air Education and Training Command since November 2010. In a statement, he said he will retire in "several months" but didn't give a date. He'll be succeeded by Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, now commander of the 12th Air Force at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz.
Gen. Mark Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said it was Rice who worked to get to the bottom of the scandal that implicated 33 basic training instructors. Ex-Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters credited Rice with replacing the entire scandal-tainted instructor cadre.

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