Photo Of Air Force Sergeant Tongue Kissing POW Emblem Sparks Outrage
According to NY Daily News:
Now that is a picture of disrespect. A photo showing an airman tongue-kissing a Prisoner of War-Missing in Action symbol has gone viral, angering veterans. The picture — of Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers, of the 92nd Security Forces Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington — has been posted on several Facebook pages, prompting an angry online response.
Marine Corps veteran Michael Kelley wrote of his “blind fury and disgust”, while another, Tara Marie Murray, said: “Let me put this out there seeing as I’m Air Force veteran…no matter what uniform she was wearing this is disrespectful anyway.”
The picture shows Byers wearing her senior airman’s rank insignia. Although it was taken almost three years ago, it has only now gone viral.
The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James Cody told the Air Force Times, “it’s a concern any time someone shows disrespect for prisoners of war and those missing in action. “They deserve our utmost respect and we must always remember their sacrifice and the legacy they’ve left for us as men and women serving our nation.”
The statement added, “I want to make it clear that this is not a reflection of airmen who wear this uniform; it is a case of poor judgment of one airman…to say we are disappointed would be an understatement.” An investigation has been launched into the incident, reported the Air Force Times.