The U.S. Air Force faced criticism following a tweet featuring a soldier saluting an LGBTQ+ flag in commemoration of 'Pride Month.'
The depicted image portrays an unidentified individual raising a salute alongside the rainbow, black, brown, and trans colors, as well as the Air Force seal.
While the gender of the person remains ambiguous, it unmistakably represents a uniformed member of the service.
The caption reads “June is #PrideMonth! The Department of the Air Force proudly recognizes and celebrates generations of LGBTQI+ service members and their contributions to our #AirForce & #SpaceForce.”
In response to the tweet, the Air Force Global Strike Command issued a statement emphasizing that their diversity serves as a source of competitive advantage.