Sunday, August 12, 2012

Army Promotion Yields First Gay General Officer

Army reserve officer Tammy Smith, promoted to Brigadier General on August 10, said of her sexuality that "I don't think I need to be focused on that. What is relevant is upholding Army values and the responsibility this carries." Her wife, Tracy Hepner, co-founded the Military Partners and Families Coalition and is an advocate for benefits for same-sex partners of military personnel, and their families.

Interviewed anonymously just prior to the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, she expressed relief she and her partner would be free to go for drinks without fear for her career.

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