Thursday, June 2, 2011

Airman Discharged In April Under DADT

Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly first reports: the Air Force has confirmed that at least one servicemember has been discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell after the October repeal signing.

"Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez wrote today to Metro Weekly, 'The only separation approved following the Oct. 21, 2010 policy change is an Air Force separation, approved Apr. 29, 2011.'

"Air Force Major Joel Harper, an Air Force spokesman, clarified the specifics of the discharge to Metro Weekly, writing, 'On April 29th, 2011, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the discharge of an Airman under the provisions of 10 USC 654, after coordination with the DoD General Counsel [Jeh Johnson] and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness [Stanley].'

"Harper continued, 'Each of these officials evaluated the case carefully, and concluded that separation was appropriate. The Airman in the case asked to be separated expeditiously.'"

Wow. While Obama has made some strides in progressive issues since taking office, it is exactly cases like this that highlight how inappropriate it was for HRC to endorse him so soon before the election.
Can we please get DADT repeal certified so crap like this stops happening?

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