Military Training Instructor “Stripped” of Duties

Michelle Manhart
Michelle Manhart

I’ve never understood why Christians who believe God created humans in his image could also find that very creation disgusting, vulgar, and shameful. The line dividing church and state is becoming less and less clear.

My February issue of Playboy Magazine arrived today. In it is a beautiful pictorial of Michelle Manhart, a US Air Force staff sergeant and military training instructor at Lackland AFB, Texas. I was not aware Playboy Magazine has a blog until I read an article in the issue that mentions it. I was disappointed to learn in one of the posts that Michelle has been relieved of her duties while an investigation is conducted by the Air Force.

The Washington Post reports that Oscar Balladares, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base, stated:

“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.”

Posing for Playboy does not exhibit a lack of integrity nor does it harm the US Air Force, the US government, or any American citizen. To reprimand Michelle in any way should be viewed as a violation of her basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. I hope those who are in a position to decide this will have the sense to restore her to her previous position and apologize publicly for this egregious action.

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  1. Mrs. "Cookie" says: Reply

    If Staff Sergeant Manhart was not was holding the integrity of the Air Force, then why on every military instillation, that is in a country that allows the sale of pornographic material, does AAFES sell Playboy. AAFES are located on military instillations under either a contract or memorandum of agreement; moreover, all military contracting serves DO have control over certain items sold on military instillations. Meaning, Playboy is the only magazine that has a respectable reputation and is the only one of its kind. To be suspended under such allegations is absurd. Especially when every Airman stationed in countries that allow such materials can purchase the magazine while in uniform. I think the Air Force needs to focus on improving better healthcare, taking care of families, and perhaps more training to prepare the Air Force for war. Most importantly, you can tell an Airman you can purchase Playboy on base in uniform and that is not breaking the integrity, but you cannot pose in Playboy. That is a double standard. Many double standards are in the military as a whole, and you wonder why many great leaders are opting out of the military.

    1 Staff Sergeant’s wife support from Charleston AFB

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