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Army public affairs officer suspended after tweeting vet friend’s bra size, at her urging

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A U.S. Army officer has been suspended by his superiors after being called out for tweeting about the bra size of a female he described as a fellow Iraq war vet and a “best friend.”

Capt. Rick Dickson, who served as a public affairs officer with the 3rd Special Forces Group, posted on his personal Twitter account last week a pic of himself and his friend as he said they were driving to his daughter’s cheerleading event.

“Heading to daughter’s cheering with one of my best friends and fellow Iraq vet,” he wrote, adding: “She needs to get a Twitter.”

He went on to reply to the tweet’s responses, some of which included speculation about his companion’s bra size. “Obviously all the likes were because of me. G’s, btw,” he wrote.

After getting what appeared to be some pushback, with comments claiming he was sexist and was demeaning his own best friend and fellow Army vet, the two posted a short video to Twitter in which Dickson apologized and she claimed that she was behind the mention of the bra size.

After explaining that she is “not big on social media,” she took commenters to task for taking “time out of” their day to “jab at my physical appearance” with “degrading” comments.

“It not only hurts me, but t the same time, if you’re gonna take time out of your day to degrade me, then at least be factual with it,” she said mockingly. “The size was incorrect, so I gave the right size. It did not bother me to send it back at ’em.”

Dickson went on to apologize again and vowed to “do better” with future posts.

But that didn’t seem to mollify everyone, including Rachel Vindman, wife of retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former National Security Council official who claimed that then-President Donald Trump threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless that country opened a corruption investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden. Though a transcript of the call released by the White House did not show any ‘quid pro quo’ offer, Vindman’s claims nevertheless led to Trump’s first impeachment. He also testified against Trump.

Her complaints and others from a small group of progressive officers and enlisted personnel online prompted Dickson’s commanders to launch an “inquiry,” which is not a full-fledged investigation, while suspending him pending the inquiry’s findings.

“Army public affairs officer posts his friend’s bra size on Twitter but we’re still debating whether or not there is a culture problem in the military,” Rachel Vindman tweeted.

She also tweeted screengrabs of Dickson’s original tweets.

Breitbart News noted that Dickson’s female friend took to social media to push back on the outrage, saying she wasn’t offended at all and adding she doesn’t need men to defend her.

Warning: Sexual language

“My freakin t**s are famous…Thanks a lot,” she began.

“I do not need a man to protect me so stop bullying and ruining someone’s career who I’ve carried body bags with for this country. I responded with MY words,” she added. “I have the right to respond to derogatory and absolutely crude remarks in any way I see fit to go along my day.

“My response and reaction is mine alone. To everyone saying he should have said something about else, I am a 35 year old woman standing up for myself and making fun of men back, who clearly don’t know how to treat women or what breast sizes are,” she added, according to Breitbart, which did not include a link to her bio. “I told him what I wanted to say. Use another instance to fuel your media agenda.”

Jon Dougherty

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