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Air Force Academy Removes ‘Men’ Sign

March 29, 2003

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) _ Large letters reading ``Bring Me Men″ that critics say became a symbol of a male-dominated culture at the Air Force Academy have been removed.

The sign, above a ramp where cadets formed to march, was taken down Friday under a directive that emerged from an Air Force investigation of a sexual assault scandal at the academy.

Five leaders at the academy have been reassigned as the Air Force responds to complaints that female cadets’ reports of sexual assaults haven’t been taken seriously and that some of those who complained were punished. At least 56 female cadets reported being sexually assaulted over the past 10 years.

Advisers had urged removal of the sign in 1999 but academy officials said then that it would stay because it was part of the academy’s history and tradition.