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Army Promotes First Openly Gay General Officer

Tammy S. Smith became the first openly gay officer of flag rank in the U.S. Military after her promotion Friday to Army brigadier general.

Smith is now the highest-ranking openly gay service member in the U.S. military.

The officer’s wife and father participated in the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

Her promotion is less than a year after the implementation of the repeal DADT, the discriminatory policy banning lesbian and gay service members from serving openly.

In an interview with Stars and Stripes, Smith said she is not focused on the milestone as an openly lesbian individual, but rather on the honor of “upholding Army values” as brigadier general.

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