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May 1, 2008  

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LT. COL. HARRY FOSTER, MAXWELL-GUNTER AIR FORCE BASE, ALA., RESPONDS TO LT. COL. EDITH DISLER’S “FLYBOYS” ARTICLE, APRIL AFJ (http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2008/04/3106346/)

“I am sure this is a well-intended commentary meant to move our joint team forward. In an effort to ensure something positive comes from all this, here is a shot at some gender-neutral replacements. Perhaps we could adopt a functional schema. Airmen could be described as members of the technological service known as the Air Force (Motskafs). As we ready Motskafs to deploy, perhaps we could instill pride by describing them as people leaving often for months at a time and might be killed (Plomtimks). ‘Wingman’ could be described instead as people who work in pairs to assure their safety (Wipats). As for the Creed, let’s use a simple slogan: ‘Moskafs Plomimtks defending the nation side by side with their Wipats.’ Respect in a military organization must come from one’s professionalism, not from one’s gender!”

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