`Bring Me Men' sign taken down at Air Force Academy 3 /30 /03

`Bring Me Men' sign taken down at Air Force Academy 3 /30 /03

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Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - 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 from a stone arch that incoming cadets march beneath.

The letters were 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.

Since 1964, each incoming class of cadets has marched through the stone portal that bore the slogan "Bring Me Men" in 2-foot-high letters.

The phrase comes from an 1894 poem by Sam Walter Foss extolling the expansionist spirit of the country. The first two lines of "The Coming American" read: "Bring me men to match my mountains, Bring me men to match my plains."

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