Ga. Air Force base rethinks ban on 'blessed day' greeting

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Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:03 PM

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Officials at a central Georgia Air Force base have backed down from banning guards from telling visitors to "have a blessed day."

A man who identified himself as an active duty military member posted on the website for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation that Robins Air Force Base personnel used the greeting more than a dozen times with him in the past two weeks.

The organization's president, Mikey Weinstein, said on the group's website that he spoke with base officials and was told staff would no longer use the greeting.

After initially banning the greeting, base officials said Thursday evening that further review showed it doesn't violate Air Force standards.

Spokesman Roland Leach says Guards may say "welcome to team Robins," and add courteous and professional greetings if they wish.