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Rally held to protest Air Force officer's transfer

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Protesters rallied outside a Tucson military base to denounce the Air Force's decision to transfer a lieutenant colonel to Arizona after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by a commander.

Thursday afternoon's demonstration was led by outraged family members of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson's accuser.

They questioned why the military would transfer Wilkerson to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the southern edge of Tucson, where roughly half the woman's family lives.

The protest came comes amid a congressional uproar over the Wilkerson case, and follows heavy criticism of the military's handling of another case involving sex-crime allegations in California.

Protect Our Defenders staged the 45-minute protest outside Davis-Monthan that was attended by about 50 people. The group advocates for military members who have been sexually assaulted.

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