Former commander Col. John Howard avoids trial, but still receives punishment

It's common for sexual assault cases to go without a trial in the Air Force. Instead, members are punished with a dock in pay, a formal reprimand and retirement at a lower rank.
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It's common for sexual assault cases to go without a trial in the Air Force. Instead, members are punished with a dock in pay, a formal reprimand and retirement at a lower rank.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.