The U.S. military has sanctioned 10 service members for their conduct in a prostitution scandal during President Obama’s trip in April to Cartagena, Colombia.
Three of the men will fight the actions through a formal court-martial proceeding, the U.S. Southern Command announced Wednesday.
The scandal has engulfed two dozen members of the military and the Secret Service, overshadowing the president’s involvement in an international economic summit. The charges against the men range from heavy drinking to soliciting prostitutes during a night of partying just two days before Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas.
The roles of the 13 Secret Service employees have been well-documented in media reports, but less is known about the involvement of the military members, who were noncommissioned officers from several branches of the service.
SouthCom’s commander, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, announced the sanctions in a news release. Nine service members were served with nonjudicial punishment, the military’s version of a misdemeanor, and another was issued a letter of reprimand that cleared him of violating the military’s code of justice.