From: USAF Officer’s E-Mail Address Withheld
Subject: Outraged at ACC Sexist and Faith-Based Posters
Date: February 8, 2017 at 3:23:05 PM MST
To: Mikey Weinstein
Mr. Weinstein, Sir,
I am a female (USAF Officer’s rank withheld) in the United States Air Force stationed at Air Combat Command (ACC) Headquarters at Langley AFB, Virginia.
I have been an Air Force Officer for (number of years withheld) and currently work as a (ACC job description) in (ACC office unit designation withheld). Please keep all of my personal information confidential but the rest of what I am saying here is for use by the MRFF as you all see fit to fight and right this wrong.
I would like to state that I am a thankful MRFF client. I also want to state that I am outraged by the clearly sexist and male exclusivist messaging of the two posters currently on display here at ACC which were the subject of the February 7, 2017 AF Times article on a matter of protest brought by MRFF on my behalf and the behalf of 15 other ACC USAF personnel.
As a proud American woman and equally proud Officer in the USAF, those posters from an AF Manual from the mid-1950’s serve only as a hurtful reminder of the second class citizenship women had to suffer for generations prior to eventually being guaranteed equal status under the Constitution we all swear our oaths to support and defend. It took decades of sacrifice and advocacy by strong women (and men who cared) to provide us a level playing field today. But not at ACC it seems.
My own (familial relationship withheld) had to go through this while she was a cadet at the Air Force Academy. The infamous “Bring Me Men” sign was finally taken down in the Fall of 2004 but only after the AF Academy suffered terrible repercussions in the media from the sexual assault scandal revealed there in 2003.
Although I consider myself a Christian, I am also very offended by the obvious messaging of those two posters which mandates a necessity to have faith in “God” to be a proper airmen. But which “God” I ask myself? Let me tell you, Mr. Weinstein, that there is little doubt about that. We get conservative Christianity shoved down our throats here enough by our middle and senior ACC leadership all the time. The public display of these two posters, with their words of required male and religious dominance, from a thankfully bygone era over 60 years ago are directly counterproductive to a functioning and effective ACC work environment. The USAF prides itself on “excellence” as a core value. Those posters are something far less. Must one be a woman or a non-Christian to understand this?
I do not wish to come forward at this time to anyone due to the almost certain likelihood of reprisal by my chain of command. I have spent considerable time making this decision with my family. Thank you Mr. Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for speaking for us to ACC leadership and eliminating the chance that I or the others you are representing can be targeted for speaking out against this sexist and faith-based injustice. Please do whatever you all can to have those posters removed from sight permanently.
(USAF Officer’s name, rank, AFSC, ACC office symbol, e-mail address and phone numbers all withheld)