Usaf & Capitol Hill

As Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall considers her answer to pilot Kelly Flinn's request for an honorable discharge, members of Congress are criticizing her handling of the case of the female B-52 pilot who faces a court martial for adultery and disobedience. The highest-ranking general in the Air Force responded to a Senate appropriations committee today that Flinn's case was not about adultery, but about an officer who lied to her superiors. But women members of Congress echoed criticisms of the military made yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and also charged that Flinn is being held to a higher standard than men in the armed forces. NPR's Barbara Bradley reports.

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