THE PENTAGON – NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem has riled many Americans, including a twice-deployed Air Force captain who is demanding that he apologize.
“His behavior is absolutely reprehensible, ” Capt. Amanda Munson was overheard to say rather loudly in the direction of some Pentagon correspondents gathered outside that building’s briefing room. “Kaepernick has no idea the true cost of freedom and the sacrifice involved! I demand he apologize!" Munson reportedly added, to anyone listening.
According to David Wood, the senior military correspondent for the Huffington Post, Munson seemed to be hovering around the Pentagon’s press area early Friday.
“It was weird, like she was following us. She was always just within earshot, and kept talking loudly to, well…no one. Or maybe anyone, really. At one point, she said something like ‘…do you have any idea what walking on nothing but gravel for 60 days does to the mind? I’ve almost done that!’”
Air Force records indicate Munson doesn’t actually work full time at the Pentagon, but is a contracting officer across the river at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. However, numerous sources revealed she is regularly seen milling around the Pentagon’s E-ring, between the 9th and 10th corridors, where the press briefing room is located.
Pentagon correspondents reportedly drew straws to see who would interview Munson, in the hopes she might go away and perhaps, join a protest in support of female infantry, which the Air Force has stubbornly refused to add within its ranks.
When asked by CNN’s Barbara Starr whether her “almost three” deployments to CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa, Lajes Air Field in Portugal, or her training for a last-minute cancelled 60-day deployment to Al-Udeid weren’t all in fact done to defend Kaepernick’s right to sit in protest, Munson just replied in a seemingly lilting manner, “I’ve gladly stood up, next to them, and I defend her [America] still today. There is no doubt I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.”
At press time, Munson reportedly had her head raised, and was staring off into what she kept calling, “…the wild blue yonder.”