The Air Force has launched servicewide inspections of all work places and public areas looking for material that objectifies women, such as the sexually explicit and violent content that Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith says she found on a server at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. You can read about that in this week’s issue of Air Force Times.
A retired senior Air Force official and fighter pilot said the Air Force has a long tradition of using women as “motivators,” such as inserting images from Playboy into briefings to get the attention of fliers. Most of that has disappeared – but not all.
Also in this week’s edition: Airman 1st Class Mitchell Imlah was told he needed to lose 100 pounds to join the military. Army recruiters laughed him out of their office, but an Air Force recruiter worked with him for a year to get him in shape for basic training.
In other news, police have arrested an explosive ordnance disposal technician at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and charged him with breaking into a home and raping a woman at knifepoint.
And the Air Force is issuing airmen pocket guidebooks to Asian culture as part of the U.S. military’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The books are meant to help airmen navigate the trick terrain of unfamiliar countries and cultures.
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