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02-15-07, 06:47 AM #1
Air Force Drill sergeant who posed nude discharged
Air Force Drill sergeant who posed nude discharged
By ELIZABETH WHITE
Associated Press Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- An Air Force drill sergeant and former Iowa National Guard member who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty, she said Wednesday. Whether that amounts to an honorable discharge, as Michelle Manhart also says, is unclear.
Manhart, who appeared in a six-page spread in Playboy's February issue, said she got word Friday that she was removed from "extended active duty" and was also told that she was demoted in rank from staff sergeant to senior airman.
"I'm disappointed in our system," Manhart told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "They went too far with it."
Manhart said that being removed from duty meant that she reverted to her Air National Guard status and that she submitted a "resignation" to the Guard, which she said is pending. Manhart was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard before going on extended active duty.
Manhart offered The AP a copy of a signed "request and authorization for separation" form that indicates her "character of service" was "honorable." It is not clear whether the form is an official discharge order.
Oscar Balladares, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base, confirmed that Manhart was removed from extended active duty on Friday, but he said Lackland did not discharge her.
"She was not discharged but she was removed from active duty status, and thus reverted to National Guard status," Balladares said. "It is not up to the Air Force - it is not our jurisdiction to discharge her."
Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, a spokesman for the Iowa National Guard, said "at this point we don't have any separation documents regarding Senior Airman Manhart and until we receive documentation of her separation from the Air Force, at this point we don't have her on duty status in the Iowa National Guard."
Manhart, a 30-year-old mother of two, said the military's action against her hinged on the fact that she was pictured in the magazine wearing her uniform.
She was photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline "Tough Love." The following pages showed her partially clothed wearing dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude. After the pictorial hit newsstands in January, Manhart was relieved of her duties pending an investigation.
Manhart said she was given a letter of reprimand in late January, told not to talk to the media and that an "unfavorable information file" was established on her. Her husband is also in the military.
Balladares said he could not comment on any of the "administrative actions" taken against her because of privacy concerns. He said, though, that she was not prohibited from talking to the media.
Manhart said she is looking forward to pursuing a modeling and entertainment career.
"My family is going to stay here, but I do have plans to pursue anything that comes my way, whether it be in LA or New York or Hollywood," she said. "As far as moving on in my life, I'm happy. I hope this works out for my family and me."
Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said Playboy had no comment on Manhart's case.
02-16-07, 08:47 AM #2
Tossed from active duty
By Erik Holmes - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 16, 2007 7:21:16 EST
Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force military training instructor who posed nude for Playboy magazine, has been removed from active duty, busted down to senior airman and given a letter of reprimand, she told Military Times on Feb. 15.
But things might be looking up for Manhart’s entertainment career, which she said could soon include a reality television series.
Manhart, who appeared both in and out of uniform in a six-page spread in Playboy’s February issue, said her commander notified her Feb. 9 that she was being demoted, removed from “extended active duty” and returned to the Iowa Air National Guard, where she was assigned before going on active duty.
She said she opted to resign from the Air Guard, which accepted her resignation and is processing her discharge.
“I’m actually quite relieved because I’m tired of dealing with their stuff,” Manhart said. “I’m just very displeased with the way things took place. … I have no faith in the leadership.”
Oscar Balladares, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where Manhart worked as a basic-training instructor, confirmed that she was removed from extended active duty Feb. 9 but said Lackland did not discharge her.
“She was removed from active-duty status, and thus reverted to National Guard status,” Balladares said. “It is not up to the Air Force — it is not our jurisdiction to discharge her.”
Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, a spokesman for the Iowa National Guard, told Military Times on Feb. 15 that he had received some — though not all — of Manhart’s separation paperwork and had not yet processed it.
Manhart, 30, said the letter of reprimand issued by her group commander included charges that she violated articles 92 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Article 132 is for failure to obey an order or regulation, and Article 134 is a general article that prohibits, among other things, “conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.”
She appealed to the wing commander, who summarily dismissed the appeal, she said. She plans to appeal the action after her discharge through the Board for Correction of Military Records.
Manhart told The Associated Press that the military’s action against her hinged on the fact that she was pictured in Playboy wearing her Air Force uniform.
She was photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline “Tough Love.” The following pages showed her partially clothed wearing dog tags and fully nude. After the pictorial hit newsstands in January, Manhart was relieved of her duties pending an investigation.
Manhart said she understands that some people were offended by her decision to appear in the magazine, but that the fuss the Air Force made far outweighs the seriousness of the issue.
Manhart said she will continue to live in Texas with her husband and two children.
But she said she hopes that the exposure of appearing in Playboy will lead her west to Los Angeles.
“I’m hoping that the right people will see me, and I’ll get some offers to pursue a career out there,” Manhart said.
She is in discussions to appear in a reality television show in the near future, she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The Air Force removed Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart, shown here in a Playboy photo, from active duty Feb. 9 and demoted her to senior airman. The 30-year-old drill sergeant appeared in uniform in the magazine last month.
02-16-07, 10:30 AM #3
That is not fair, remember when ms kerry appeared in the "sperm" outfit, if anything was disgusting it was ****head kerry in that getup.
I would much rather look at SSgt Manhart - that's why they need female brass in the air farce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here again, the air farce shows their civilian side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
02-16-07, 01:18 PM #4
I feel really bad for this young lady . If she needs any support , like for example, hugs, a backrub or perhaps just needs a nice lap to rest her head , I will be there for her.
02-16-07, 01:48 PM #5
After a couple quick google searches I would have to agree with Outlaw. Reminds me of all the stuff we used to talk about when in the field .... crawling through broken glass just ta ... umm.
Pour thing probably raking in cash so fast that E-5 pay is like a drop in a bath tub. Dang it I said bath tub. We'll probably see her on a reality show sometime in the near future is my guess.
02-16-07, 02:34 PM #6
THIS PUSS~KNOW'S EXACTLY WHAT SHE'S DOIN!GOLD~DIGGER~WILL BE ON ANDREW BLAKE'S CASTING COUCH,IN A HEARTBEAT;IF SHE'S NOT RIGHT NOW!!!JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF AZZ,THEY ARE LIKE THE BUS;ANOTHER ONE WILL BE ALONG IN ABOUT 15-MIN'S!!!
02-16-07, 02:35 PM #7
Anyway you look at it I wouldnt kick her out of bed for eating Crackers
02-16-07, 03:06 PM #8
(LMFAO) CRACKER'S, SHE DON'T LIKE LIGHT-GREEN MARINE'S
02-16-07, 03:13 PM #9
Wish my "Training Instructors" looked like that in Boot. Wouldn't have been near as bad when they got right in your face!
02-16-07, 04:32 PM #10
Post the pitchers and let the troops have the last say in this.
02-16-07, 04:45 PM #11
I would kick her out of bed for eating cackers.
There more room on the floor,,,!!!
02-16-07, 06:02 PM #12
Got that playboy, why can't the marines have such dope girls
02-16-07, 06:21 PM #13
THEY DO, LOOK AT THAT FOXY GENERAL;RUNNING M.C.R.D.~(SAN DEIGO)!!!
02-16-07, 06:32 PM #14
Probably some bull dike female officer got offended and gave her the boot. Just look at all these Marines getting all lathered up over the thought of sniffing her panties through a screen door. LOL
02-16-07, 07:00 PM #15
All this hubbub about a few naughty pictures in a magazine. The shiite would probably have really hit the old proverbial fan if we had ever gotten busted for making pornos with the Army and Navy gals at the Pier 90 motel in Pensacola. What a messed up bunch of young men we were!!!
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