Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Sign Lt. Colonel Victor Fehrenbach's petition

In May Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran and Arabic linguist was fired for being gay. Now Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach was recently notified he will be separated from the US Air Force under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Fehrenbach served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He flew the longest combat sorties in his squadron's history, destroying Taliban and Al Qaeda targets in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. And after the Sept. 11 attacks, Fehrenbach was hand-picked to protect the airspace over Washington, D.C.

This is not how I understand National Security. Expelling a highly skilled and decorated pilot during a time of mounting tensions with North Korea and wars in the Middle East is absurd and so is this policy. This policy has been a major cause of deficiencies in manpower, trained sailors, soldiers and airmen are sent packing. After each discharge a unit is shorthanded and a new individual must be trained to take his or her place. This training costs taxpayer money and time, it is not instantaneous, all the while that unit is left hanging. Trust me when I say this working port and starboard watches (6hrs on/6hrs off) SUCKS, you are stressed out, you never get any quality sleep and this can lead to mistakes, which can be deadly.

I urge you as a veteran to tell President Obama to keep his word on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” On the campaign trail, then-Senator Obama repeatedly said the law should go. Now, as commander in chief, it’s time for the president to fulfill his pledge. He must lead the way toward repeal and partner with Congress to get rid of this discriminatory law.
Tell him to stop back peddling and keep his word. Tell your Represenative and Senators this policy is bad for National Security.

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Pilgrim said...


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