Don't Ask Don't Tell




Don't Ask Don't Tell

May 20, 2009, I normally donít get involved in political stories but after watching the Rachel Maddow show last night, I thought is was appropriate to write this letter and request that you post it.  

On May 19, 2009, Rachel Maddow, which airs on MSNBC, introduced a guest named Lieutenant Colonel Victor J. Fehrenbach. Mr. Fehrenbach is a 19 year jet pilot for the military who flies the F-15E Strike Eagle. He has flown numerous missions against Taliban and Al-Qaida targets, including the longest combat mission in his squadron's history. On that infamous September 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Fehrenbach was hand picked to fly sorties above the nation's capital. Later he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has received at least 30 awards and decorations including nine Air Medals, one of them for heroism, as well as campaign medals for Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Under the current military policy, ďDonít Ask Donít TellĒ, Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach has learned of many gay and lesbian military personnel booted out of the military because the military learned of their sexual orientation.

As a result in early 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach came out in protest and informed the military he as well is gay. As a result, the military has given Mr. Fehrenbach his walking papers.


This makes absolutely no sense. Is the discharge of an officer with such critical and valuable skills, who apparently is no threat to the security of this country, and in which our government has spent millions of dollars training, is in the best interest of the security of our country?  

This is just the newest in evidence of what our country is losing under this law which prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces.

This afternoon Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell stated that both Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen are "aware of where the President wants to go on this issue, but I don't think that there is any sense of any immediate developments in the offing on efforts to repeal "don't ask-don't tell."

I hope now, that President Obama is our president, he will stand up to those at the Pentagon and begin to do the right thing.

Andy Hannigan, Private Pilot

Arlington, VA

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