On the plus side for the Lieutenant Colonel, he has not passed away. And he has also not been arrested.
On the minus side, his job is at risk. That should probably be "his career is at risk." He has made the U.S. Air Force his life's work. And now? The U.S. Air Force no longer wants him around (he is about a year away from retirement, by the way).
Why is that?
Because he is gay. He is the same gay Air Force member whose work they loved when they did not know he was gay. Apparently, discovering someone is gay means you must re-evaluate every positive quality they have.
This is just ridiculous. It is so ridiculous and equally ridiculous is the fact that "fierce advocate" for the LGBT community, President Barack Obama still has not repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (the policy that allows the military to discriminate against LGBT service members). From the Servicemember Legal Defense Network:
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and Morrison & Foerster LLP (MoFo) filed a request for a temporary restraining order on behalf of their client, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, seeking to block the Air Force from discharging him under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the discriminatory law barring gay and lesbian service members from serving openly and honestly. The filing in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, seeks a court order preventing the Air Force from discharging Lt. Col. Fehrenbach, arguing that the government cannot establish that his continued service on active duty hinders “morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion.”
The General Counsel’s Office to the Secretary of the Air Force confirmed to MoFo and SLDN that the Air Force Personnel Board recently reviewed Lt. Col. Fehrenbach’s case and has sent a recommendation to Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley’s designee. According to Air Force regulations, had the Board recommended to retain Lt. Col. Fehrenbach no further action would have been required by the Secretary or his designee (AFI 36-3206 Chapter 6.10 and Chapter 6.10.1). Although SLDN and MoFo understand the Secretary has delegated his authority to act on the Board’s recommendation, Secretary Donley has the power to step in and retain Lt. Col. Fehrenbach. Without action by the Secretary, the Board’s recommendation is expected to stand and Lt. Col. Fehrenbach could be discharged within days.
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