don’t ask don’t tell

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60 Days and Counting

Thursday evening I had a series of emails sent directly to my phone. I was out with some of the members of my squadron who do not know I’m gay, so as usual I held my phone in a way that didn’t allow the screen to be read by others. The emails all said certification of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was expected to occur on Friday, …

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We are entering the final days of command under Sec Gates. The certification of DADT’s repeal is practically sitting at his desk, and I know more than a few of my brothers in arms who are anxiously waiting for him to sign it.  If it doesn’t come before he leaves office on 30 June, I know all of us would appreciate the incoming …

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Can’t Tell? Then Publish!

In buildings on military installations, it is common to see a rack of news papers and magazines as you walk in. On a few of those racks now lays a magazine put out by an independent network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered servicemembers known as OutServe.

This is the organization’s second issue of the magazine and so …

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"Nobody Cared…"

…that U.S. Army Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, 31, of Minnesota was gay, his mother says. You should care that he was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 27 by an improvised explosive device. And maybe watch this video of his proud parents.

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell…Don't Kill?"









Two of the most vexing issues in today’s Army clash in the lead article of the latest issue of its senior professional journal: letting openly gay men and women serve in uniform, and the shooting, allegedly by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, at Fort Hood that left 13 dead in November 2009.

The link between the two? …

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The Way The Military Is Supposed To Work

It was just over a month ago that Gen. James Amos, the Marine commandant, was fretting that repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could be a “distraction” that could get his Marines killed on the battlefield. “I don’t want to lose any Marines to the distraction,” he said of openly gay troops. “I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m …

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And You Thought That Fight Was Over…

The Republicans on Capitol Hill are of two minds on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now underway:

Sen. John McCain – a vocal opponent of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” – said on Thursday that he will “do everything he can” to make sure the policy change to allow gays to serve openly in the military is a success

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