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An image of an Airman saluting the gay pride flag is generating lots of outrage among military veterans.
The Air Force shared the image on its official Twitter page as part of a gay pride celebration. It shows a silhouette of an airman standing at attention, saluting the rainbow flag.
“This is a time to reaffirm our commitment to equality and reinforce the importance of a cohesive and diverse Total Force. One Team; One Fight,” Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Alex Wagner and Diversity and Inclusion Director Marianne P. Malizia wrote.
June is #PrideMonth! The Department of the Air Force proudly recognizes and celebrates generations of LGBTQI+ service members and their contributions to our #AirForce & #SpaceForce. pic.twitter.com/lQi9lH5sdr— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) June 7, 2023
One retired Air Force officer said he was humiliated.
“No credible American and no actual Airmen would salute anything but the American flag. Celebrating a military member saluting a pride flag is not just embarrassing it is traitorous,” the officer wrote on Twitter.
Another wrote, “I’m so old, I remember when our military only saluted the American Flag… not a flag celebrating all the things people have sex with.”
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The Air Force received so much negative feedback that they blocked people from commenting on the post.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) condemned the Air Force and suggested that Congress should consider withholding funding.
“What’s next, rainbow uniforms during pride month?” Roy said. “The Air Force and Defense Department sanctions this ridiculous use of taxpayer dollars and then expects members of Congress who represent Americans who are livid about this stuff to green light an $800 billion plus DOD budget. If DOD doesn’t put a stop to these kinds of divisive – and frankly embarrassing – DOD events, Republicans should pull support for this year’s [National Defense Authorization Act],” he told Fox News.