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“I am just so pleased that my family could participate in this ceremony today,” Smith said, in acknowledgement of her historic promotion.
Since the repeal of DADT last September, the US military has constantly reached out to its lesbian and gay personnel, with men and women recently participating in uniform at San Diego Pride.
This promotion surely marks a significant turning point for the US military, and for their public perception. It is a testament to how much has changed in the last 12 months when Miss Tracey Hepner was announced Tammy Smith’s partner the only sound to come from the audience was loud applause.