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Fired Breast-Feeding Advocate Sues

A Spokane mom and breast-feeding advocate says her former employer wrongfully terminated her after a media frenzy surrounding photos of two military moms breast-feeding in Air Force uniforms. Crystal Scott, a civilian and the program director for Mom2Mom Breast Feeding Support Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, said she was fired June 1 from her job as a mobile X-ray technician at Schryver Medical following a history of discrimination and harassment at the company. The termination occurred just weeks after she coordinated the photos, which went viral on the Web and stirred controversy at Fairchild. Scott said Schryver used her publicity as an excuse to fire her. Schryver countered that bad behavior on the job was the reason for the termination, saying Scott used company time to field media requests. Scott has filed a lawsuit/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR file photo: Crystal Scott, pictured with her sons Aedan, 4, and Roman, 1)


Gay Idaho Officer Sues To Keep Job

Item: Gay Idaho Air Force officer sues to keep job: Victor Fehrenbach, based in Mountain Home, seeks to block his dismissal and overturn the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach turned to a federal court in Boise on Wednesday, seeking to strike down the 1993 law that mandates the military policy. Fehrenbach, with 19 years in the Air Force, learned last week that the Air Force Personnel Board recommended his discharge to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. His lawsuit says his admission of homosexual conduct was obtained under “coercive circumstances” and that he spoke to clear himself of false allegations of rape.

Question: Do you support the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military?

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