Expecting Military Couple Faces a Struggle with the Air Force

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Updated: 12/20/2013 8:31 pm
News 25 spoke with the former Air Woman and her husband, who are concerned about her status with the Air Force and how she and her husband will handle the medical care of her and her unborn child. Senior Airman Curtis Russell has defended his country through the military for the past six years. Now he's defending his pregnant wife, trying to keep her out of jail. Mealoha Russell says, "I can just picture myself going into labor and going on base and being handcuffed in the delivery room." Russell is eight months pregnant with her first child. After serving two years in the Air Force, she chose to separate herself under the option of pregnancy. She and her husband showed News 25 paperwork showing she was granted an Honorable Discharge, effective December 1st. Russell says she received her papers and final paycheck in the mail, but was shocked when she also received notice that she was to report back to active duty. She says, "It means that I just got pulled back into the military illegally. They had no right to do that. Under no authority did they have the right to do that." Curtis, Mealoha’s husband, says his wife is in no shape to report to active duty, and because she hasn't, she could be arrested by the military, especially if she shows up on base for medical care or to deliver the baby. Curtis says, "This whole thing has put a ton of hardship on the both of us. It's put on a lot of stress. It's been stress every day." After risking their lives protecting American families, the Russells believe it’s now time to look after their own.

Keesler Air Force Base just released this statement to WXXV: We have been advised by the base legal office that Senior Airman Mealoha Russell was originally scheduled for Honorable Discharge from the Air Force. However, due to her involvement in an open and ongoing Air Force investigation, she was correctly put on administrative hold before official release from active duty status. No further investigative details can be released at this time. In the meantime, we have verified that her administrative hold status is correct and will remain in place until the investigation is complete and the outcome is determined. News 25 will give you more details as they become available.
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