Four Years After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — The Military Is Much Better for Gay Troops

By Kevin Knodell
June 19, 2015

“I was told it would only be 23 people, so this is better,” Maj. Gen. Patricia Rose told a packed audience at the McChord Club at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Rose was the keynote speaker for the First Annual Pride Month celebration held June 17 on the base. She is the director of logistics at Air Force Materiel Command — and the military’s highest ranking openly gay officer.

The audience was filled with service members both gay and straight, their families, veterans and community leaders. It was one of several separate Pride Month observances being hosted at U.S. military installations across the country — and around the world.

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