Military Notebook: Robins airman convicted of sexual assault

February 23, 2014 

A Robins Air Force Base airman was convicted Feb. 15 of sexually assaulting a female airman in Byron.

The story published Friday in the Robins Rev Up did not identify the airman who was convicted, but in response to a Telegraph inquiry, a base spokesman identified him as Senior Airman Adrian J. Palma.

Palma, 23, was convicted after a five-day court-martial held at Robins, according to the Rev Up story. A panel of officers deliberated for several hours before reaching a verdict.

Palma was sentenced to five years in prison, dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank to airman basic and forfeited all pay and allowances.

The assault allegedly occurred at a house party held in Byron on March 3, 2013. The victim, a senior airman, said she fell asleep after a night of drinking. The next morning, believing she had been sexually assaulted, she saw a doctor and made a report to authorities.

Palma served in the 461st Air Control Wing.

Combat run set for Friday at Robins

Those looking for a unique fitness challenge will have an opportunity at Robins on Friday.

The first Combat Cross Country Run is set to start at 7:30 a.m. at the main fitness center. Registration is at 7 a.m.

The run is open to military members and civilians with base access. Categories are for teams of two and four. The run will cover seven miles, and runners will wear boots and carry a 40-pound ruck sack with a practice rifle.

There will also be stations along the way where participants will have to perform various fitness activities.

Eddie Goad, assistant manager of the fitness center, said about eight teams have signed up so far.

“We are trying to put more emphasis on the warrior athlete,” Goad said. “We are looking for more competitive challenges that relate to what these guys may have to do when deployed.”

Monday is the deadline to submit teams.

For more information, call 478-926-2128. There is not fee for participation.

Exercise may cause delays

An exercise planned this week at Robins may cause delays.

According to a story in the Rev Up, the exercise begins Monday and will run through March 7. It will be the first emergency management and readiness exercise conducted under the new Air Force Inspection System.

Roland Leach, base spokesman, said he couldn’t specify what kind of delays may occur as various unannounced activities happen during the exercise.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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