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Air Force Lt. Discharged for Affair

November 8, 1997

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ An Air Force lieutenant who had a child from an affair with a married superior officer has been discharged.

The secretary of the Air Force granted the general discharge to 1st Lt. Crista Davis on Friday. Davis, 28, must reimburse the government about $13,000 for her Air Force Academy education because she is leaving the service early, Barksdale Air Force Base spokesman Capt. Mark Phillips said.

Ms. Davis was a classmate of Lt. Kelly Flinn at the academy. Ms. Davis’ case drew media attention during the controversy over adultery charges against Flinn, who agreed to accept a general discharge in May rather than face a court-martial.

Unlike Flinn, Ms. Davis was not charged with adultery. After a disciplinary hearing in August, she was fined $2,000 and officially reprimanded for displaying conduct unbecoming an officer, lying, not following orders and being absent without leave.

Military authorities said Ms. Davis wrote sexually explicit letters to Maj. Greg Russell’s wife and left base without permission to give birth.

Russell, a former instructor at the Air Force Academy, was given a medical discharge after physicians said he was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The discharge Ms. Davis received could signal prospective employers to possible misconduct in the military, and it will affect her eligibility for veterans’ benefits.

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