AFGHANISTAN: Lesbian US Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen Killed In Suicide Bombing

NBC News reports:

Not long after the U.S. military repealed its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen [on the right in the above photo] married her longtime partner, becoming one of the first American service members to be wed in a same-sex ceremony.

On Monday, nearly five years to the day after the repeal was signed into law, the trailblazing officer was killed along with five other American troops in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan

Her death was announced by friends in a Facebook post, and Pentagon officials confirmed her identity without providing any other details. A formal release of the victims’ identities was expected on Tuesday night.

Vorderbruggen is survived by her wife and their son. r22

  • lymis

    Heather and Jacob are in our thoughts.

  • bkmn

    I am very glad she was able to marry her partner before her death. Sending good thoughts to her spouse and son.

  • sw42

    May she rest in peace. I’m glad that if it was fated she die in the line, that she was out and living her life with her family at the time. How very sad, though.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Words cannot express the sadness. May her family find comfort…

    • Nic Peterson

      We are all indebted to this family and the hero that gave so selflessly to the cause of or national defense.

    • teeveedub


  • BearEyes

    Very sad news. My thoughts are with her family. There’s never a “good” time for this, but near the holidays makes it ever tougher. At least her spouse and child will be able to get military benefits and they had the opportunity to share in marriage equality even if it’s for a short few years.

  • Silver Badger

    May she rest in peace.

  • melllt

    What a waste.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • oikos

      Which changes exactly nothing in KY except he can tell the tea people he protected their ‘sincerely held beliefs.’ Those queers are still coming to Kim’s office and getting licenses and there is naught she can do about it.

      • Chucktech

        And this does nothing to mitigate the FACT that Kim Davis BROKE the LAW.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Who broke the law?

      • Octavio

        You just reignited a warm fuzzy feeling in my soul. Thanks. ­čÖé

    • John30013

      I wonder if someone will challenge the validity of such licenses in court. The requirement for the Clerk’s name to appear on the license is written into the KY statute (I don’t have it at hand right now, but I remember reading it back during the original Kim Davis flap). This smacks of executive overreach.

      Of course, I’m sure the KY legislature would go along, but it seems to me that this can’t be legal until they (the legislature) actually amend the law.

  • oikos

    Why are we still sending people to die in this hellhole? What a awful waste of life. Her wife and son have a huge hole in their lives for what purpose?

    • Ben in Oakland

      money? power? dominion? oil? imaginary persrecution as opposed to real persecution? land?

    • Chucktech

      Especially after president Obama led our troops to VICTORY by killing OBL. We should have been DONE with that shit hole after that.

      • Americanish

        If the British or someone had succeeded in assassinating Hitler In WW2 say in 1943, we would not have needed D-Day would we?

        It is not like Himmler would not have taken over. The German nuke program was not very good and was sabotage from within. But if it had not been sabotage there still would have been no risk, right?

    • oikos

      We should have been out of there on May 2 2011.

      • Octavio

        We should have never gone there in the first place, or Iraq, or Syria . . . and especially Vietnam!

        • Americanish

          Yes, we should have left Afghanistan as a safe haven for Osama.

          Maybe we could be Clintonesque and occasionally lob a few cruise missiles.

          I mean before 9/11 only trained 20,000 people in basic infantry tactics and others in terror. You are so right. We should have never gone into Afghanistan.

          • Octavio

            So glad you agree. ­čÖé

          • Americanish

            You are insane. You know that don’t you?

    • DutchBoy74

      Poppy fields, heroin and heroin derivatives.
      To make money for Big Pharma. They have a huge stake in the poppy fields which fund both that suicide bomber and the Taliban.

      This solder died for pharmaceutical companies and their profit margins.

      Same reason why ISIS has been growing until Putin called out the game. We allow our enemies to flourish in wealth that we deliberately protect or willfully refuse to destroy. So on one hand the US enriches it’s enemies while the enemies make a diversion for perpetual warfare while American companies get rich off the deal.

      Then that heroin shows up on the streets of America.

      • oikos

        It always is about the $$$$$$$

        • Phillip in L.A.

          hell, even plato knew that! see, e.g., The Republic

      • Americanish

        Walk into an American Legion Post or a VFW and ask how many of the young ones helped harvest opium.

        Putin’s troops do not have the same Democrat Party / progressive rules of engagement as the Americans do.

        Obama, your god, has changed the Rules of Engagement. I have watched videos of soldiers lighting up vehicles that would not stop. Those vehicles subsequently blew up.

        The routine were hand signals.
        Then firing across the hood (bow).
        Then firing to hit the engine block.

        I know of 1 case where they killed a trucker just trying to rejoin the convoy. I suppose you want to prosecute those involved.

        The person you voted for and his ROE has consequences.

        • Friday

          What the *Hel* do you think you’re talking about. Or how this excuses you here. Don’t even answer,

          • Olterigo

            Excuses or not, Americanish is correct about the Russian army’s rules of engagement.

          • Americanish

            Have you heard the phrase “Been there, Done that”?

            The imbecile a.k.a DutchBoy74 alleged that American troops were protecting the poppy harvest. I don’t care if the American Legion post or VFW post is is 100% gay or a 100% hetero. You utter that brain dead, walking dead lie at such a post and you will get an earful at the very least.

            You are one sick puppy. I read through 2 score of your posts. My spouse is Buddhist BTW, so you can stuff it with your whole demented Christianist schtick. Your about as brain dead as they come.

    • Hue-Man

      And the Taliban appears poised to take control of Helmand province. Soldiers killed and seriously wounded only for the Taliban to retake entire provinces and ultimately the whole country.

      I’m so disillusioned; I (mistakenly) believed that Western intervention was necessary and would lead to a reasonable outcome.

      • oikos

        I thought that too initially but these groups have been warring for centuries. Nothing we can do will change that.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          the Brits failed in Afghanistan, and then their empire collapsed;

          same for the Soviets;

          what result in the 21st century?

  • Harley

    “AFGHANISTAN: US Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, who also just happens to be lesbian, Killed In Suicide Bombing”. There. Fixed your headline.

    • CPT_Doom

      May we one day get to the point, sad though it will still be, when it will simply say “US Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, Killed in Action; Survived by Her Wife.”

      • Harley

        Yes. I like your headline better.

      • Mikey

        I’d been reading the article and comments, and I found it sad… but the minute I hit your comment, my heart jumped into my throat and tears welled up in my eyes.

        Your headline is, I think, the greatest tribute that could ever come to be for Major Vorderbruggen.

    • JD

      She may “just happen” to be a lesbian, but being out is a choice (the right choice).

  • JT
  • Mike C

    It’s so irresponsible to continue playing soldier when you have a little one at home.

    • A person who volunteers to serve her country and by indication of her rank, has made this her career, is hardly playing solider. Your comment was heartless and indicates you should try playing human.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Thank you

    • Sam_Handwich

      go fuck yourself

      • Six Pins Delores

        The holidays will be very sad for her family

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Is there any way that he can double fuck himself?

      • StraightGrandmother

        And this too

    • Sporkfighter

      No, it’s irresponsible of us to send them to die in anything but the most dire circumstances and for the greatest causes.

      • StraightGrandmother

        The rank and file don’t get to vote on where they are deployed.

        • Sporkfighter

          No, but we (and they) should elect presidents, senators and representatives who understand that diplomacy is not weakness, and that indiscriminate use of force is immoral and mostly unsuccessful.

          • Kieron

            Like our votes change anything, Sporkfighter. If voting changed anything, it’d be illegal. Nothing but window-dressing while the corrupt store owners remain the same, behind the scenes, year after year.

    • Steven Leahy

      Dude really???

    • rabbit_ears

      I’ll reduce it to the point that the whole war is irresponsible.

      • Americanish

        So was the U.S. going to war against Germany and Japan.

    • Friday

      *flat stare at Mike C.*

    • AJayne

      My father and thousands like him did exactly that during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, etc. What would you prefer they had done?

  • RobynWatts

    I don’t think I put down in words how I feel. Hopefully, Major Vorderburggen’s wife and son, as well as the rest of her family, can find some solace during this time.

  • Six Pins Delores

    Condolences to Major Vorderbruggen(s) wife and child and other loved ones.

  • During my years serving in the USAF I had the distinct honor to serve on the USAF Honor Guard for my geographical location. We provided military funeral services to many veterans and their families. We had a process of presenting the flag to the surviving family that involved a long, slow salute where the hand was withdrawn in a straight, vertical manner, to mimic the falling of a tear. I wish I could find an image or video of that to share here.

    However, here are the words I have burned into my memory from the many times I had the honor to provide this final service to our military families:

    “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen.”

    Update… here is a pic of the falling tear salute

  • TuuxKabin

    heartbreaking and just one of so many. Looking at her photo she looks very brave and strong. I hope her loved ones find comfort and strength to continue . . . i can’t imagine the grief.

  • Steven Leahy

    What a beautiful family.

  • Octavio

    Sorry to hear of this. Good thing the DADT stupidity is over. Anyone who tries to bring it back deserves an IED in their xmas stocking.

  • Terry

    ­čÖü At least her wife won’t be treated as a second class citizen.

    Thanks to all the veterans and soldiers who heed the call of duty

    • sw42

      Yeah, all veterans.

  • MDB
  • Mike Solo

    I went to the Air Force Academy with her, I recognized her from the photo, she was an incredible person there with such a strong personality that she stood out. She was in a squadron down the hall, 17 I think it was (I was in 4), so to make that impression that I remember her 13 years later says something.

    • JCF

      Knowing how Christianist the AFA is, is difficult to imagine the difficulty of being gay there (with or without the closet!).

      • Mike Solo

        You have no idea… still dealing with issues. Moved to Scotland to help get over them.

        • JCF

          In light of the solemnity of this thread, I will decline to state what I wish for the AFA in the upcoming Armed Forces Bowl, however I will state for the record: Go Cal Bears! ­čÖé

        • sw42

          Hey, sounds like it was rough. Good luck to you. Hope Scotland has been a good place to land.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      thank you for sharing this memory with us!

  • JCF

    Remember Chicken Hawks who are also homophobes (esp Cruz and Rubio, among the frontrunners): Major Vorderbruggen gave her life for those worthless POS’s! I think Cruz, in particular, would leave Major Vorderbruggen’s family utterly bereft of all acknowledgment and support. F#CK HIM! >:-(

    Memory eternal Major, and the thanks of a grateful nation…

  • EdA

    My heartfelt sympathies to Major Vorderbruggen’s widow and son, whose pain may perhaps be somewhat eased by the bittersweet knowledge that her sacrifice was made to help assure a better life for the people of Afghanistan.

  • Steven Leahy

    NBC News tonight with Lester Holt did a really nice spot on this lady, her wife and child, and mentioned her being a pioneer in LGBT rights issues in the military. I was really pleased with the respect they showed her and her family.

  • GanymedeRenard


  • Phillip in L.A.

    To the family, friends, and colleagues of MAJ Vorderbruggen (USAF), I say:

    Please accept my most sincere condolences, and my heartiest thanks for your (and your family’s) service.



  • EqualityForAll


  • Bill_Perdue

    Another victim of Obama’s turn in the continuing cycle of US wars of aggression, just like the thousands of dead civilians in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • Ninja0980

    My thoughts go out to her wife, son and the rest of her loved ones.

  • dr morbius

    How terrible for her child and spouse.



    As a fellow service member it is important to note that her sexual orientation is irrelevant. She served. Like every other service member that’s what we thank her for. Not her lesbianism.