Officer Tells Air Force Sex Life Not Its Affair

TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 1997

A female Air Force officer who gave birth to a baby fathered by a married superior officer, and sent sexually explicit letters to his wife, argued Monday that she should not be punished.

“That’s my personal life, my sex life,” and it is not the Air Force’s business, Lt. Crista Davis told Lt. Gen. Phillip Ford, commander of the 8th Air Force, who presided at an administrative disciplinary hearing.

She was accused of offenses including conduct unbecoming an officer, for writing the letters, and dereliction of duty for going off base without leave to give birth.

But unlike Lt. Kelly Flinn, the nation’s first female B-52 pilot, who was forced out of the Air Force, Davis was never charged with adultery for her affair with Maj. Greg Russell.

The Air Force said that issue was not raised because there was a possibility that Davis, Russell and Russell’s wife all thought the Russells’ divorce had been finalized.

Ford, who also presided in Flinn’s case, took Davis’ case under consideration.

Davis admitted she may have made mistakes.

She acknowledged that she didn’t tell her superiors when she left Barksdale last Nov. 28 to have her baby in Houston, and that she didn’t return until Dec. 5. The Air Force says it didn’t know where she was until her doctor sent a fax message.

An Air Force attorney, Lt. Col. Pete Carey, said Davis has a four-year history of disobeying orders and not doing her job.

Davis faces a maximum penalty of the loss of one month’s wages, $2,700, house arrest for 30 days and restrictions on movement for 60 days.

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