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Fairchild officials investigate photo of airman kissing POW symbol


Military officials are conducting a commander-directed investigation after an improper photo was seen on the Internet.

Fairchild Air Force Base released a statement that said an investigation has been initiated after a photograph of a Fairchild airman, kissing a Prisoner of War symbol was seen on the Internet, Thursday, Feb. 13. Scott King, a spokesperson for 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs, confirmed that the person identified in the photo is Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers, of the 92nd Security Forces Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base.

According to Staff Sgt. Alex Montes, a spokesperson for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, the picture was discovered on a social media site.

Col. Brian Newberry, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, stated that the actions in the photograph do not reflect the values and patriotism of the men and women of Fairchild Air Force Base or the respect officials have for prisoners of war and those missing in action.

“We set high standards for our Fairchild airmen,” Newberry said. “We expect that our airmen will fully appreciate the incredible importance of ensuring every service member is supported in times of trial to ensure they return with honor. “We are currently gathering the facts and will take actions at the appropriate level.”

Montes said only Fairchild personnel would conduct the investigation. He added that once the investigation is complete, Fairchild Air Force Base would issue another news release.

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