AFA Responds to Unwarranted Criticism of Air Force Recruiting Efforts
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association today responded to unwarranted criticisms of the Air Force’s recruiting campaign Above All.
AFA today released a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times by Mike Dunn, President/CEO of AFA, responding directly to an unnamed Defense official’s criticisms in a March 30, 2008 article entitled Are Air Force Ads Recruiting, or Lobbying?
In that article, an official was quoted saying the Air Force campaign’s signature phrase “evoked the phrase ‘uber alles’ from the national anthem used by Nazi Germany.” Dunn responded to this irresponsible statement, calling it a ridiculous and offensive charge.
“This official’s attitude runs counter to this Joint Force concept, and goes well beyond the friendly rivalry and competitiveness that is a tradition among the services,” Dunn said.
“There are 600,000+ Airmen who put their lives on the line for the country,” Dunn continued. “Their commitment does not deserve to be demeaned. This Defense official would do well to take a lesson from their example of professionalism.”
For the entire AFA response, read here.
For The LA Times editorial read here.
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