Friday, January 12, 2007

Air Force sergeant photographed out of uniform

This is Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart, USAF. According to an AP story posted today on Yahoo! News, Sgt. Manhart appears in this month's issue of Playboy magazine. According to the AP, Sgt. Manhart is in uniform in one photo, "yelling and holding weapons under the headline 'Tough Love.' The following pages show her partially clothed, wearing her dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude."

The Air Force is not amused. The AP reports that Sgt. Manhart has been "relieved of her duties while the military investigates." That presumably will involve looking at the pictures. Over and over again. Asking for the outtakes. Looking at them, too. Investigative work can be so tedious.

I can understand why the Air Force is not too happy about Sgt. Manhart's decision to pose. They've had their troubles with sexual harassment cases -- even a rape scandal -- involving the Air Force Academy in recent years. So I can understand when Oscar Balladares, Lackland Air Force Base spokesman, says "This staff sergeant's alleged action does not meet the high standards we expect of our airmen, nor does it comply with the Air Force's core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do." Although he's pre-judging the outcome of the investigation a bit isn't he? I mean, maybe the pictures do display excellence.

I understand that posing in this fashion may not be conducive to good order and discipline in the ranks. Heck, I've haven't seen the pictures and my own discipline is no longer in good order. And if there hasn't been an express ban on this sort of thing in the past, it may be a good idea to adopt a rule now.

But, in the meantime, I'm thinking that what's done is done and the Air Force might be better off just embracing the pictorial. (No, not the subject of the pictorial. Not given the Air Force's past sexual harassment issues.)

What I'm thinking about is this: Aren't recruitments down these days? Isn't this a heck of a recruiting poster? And a slogan: "Join the Air Force! We got sergants that look like this!"

6 comments:

Chris said...

I could take orders from a Sergeant like that....

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

crumy? are you posting this to get more hits honey? sigh.... she is a looker though, i give you that! bee

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You're right; I'll join if you tell me which section she is in!

Ben & Bennie said...

She makes me feel "at ease."

Dr. Blogstein said...

"at ease"?!? I'm standing at attention!

Mother Jones RN said...

I agree with you. Wouldn't these pics help recruitment numbers? Duh!?


MJ