Air Force 'Deeply Sorry' About McSally Report

Mar 7, 2019

An Air Force spokeswoman says the Air Force is appalled and "deeply sorry" after Senator Martha McSally said she was raped by a superior officer.

During a hearing by the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel about prevention and response to sexual assault in the military, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., recounts her own experience while serving as a colonel in the Air Force, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, says she was raped in the Air Force by superior officer.
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Capt. Carrie Volpe says the criminal actions reported by McSally Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee "violate every part of what it means to be an Airman."

She says the Air Force stands behind McSally and all victims of sexual assault, and the Air Force is committed to eliminating "reprehensible behavior" and "breach of trust."

McSally was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and served 26 years.

The Arizona Republican says she didn't report the assault because she didn't trust the system, and was ashamed and confused. McSally isn't naming the officer she says raped her.