Legenfelder likely violates a Department of Defense directive against the usage of military history on campaign flyers without an accompanying disclaimer that the Air Force does not endorse the candidate.
NUMBER 1344.10 February 19, 2008 Sec. 18.104.22.168 detailed below.
4.3. Additional Limitations on Nomination or Candidacy and Campaigning
4.3.1. Members not on active duty who are nominees or candidates for the offices described in subparagraph 4.2.1. may, in their campaign literature (including Web sites, videos, television, and conventional print advertisements):
22.214.171.124. Use or mention, or permit the use or mention of, their military rank or grade and military service affiliation; BUT they must clearly indicate their retired or reserve status.
126.96.36.199. Include or permit the inclusion of their current or former specific military duty, title, or position, or photographs in military uniform, when displayed with other non- military biographical details. Any such military information must be accompanied by a prominent and clearly displayed disclaimer that neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Department (or the Department of Homeland Security for members of the Coast Guard); e.g., “John Doe is a member of the U.S. Air Force. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense.”
The Patriots just don’t like it when anybody wraps themselves in the flag or wears a uniform when they shouldn’t. It’s not possibly that the U.S. Air Force would come out and say we endorse Doug Legenfelder.