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Family Research Council: Confirming Eric Fanning As US Army Secretary Will Be A “Cultural Landmine”

Last night the Family Research Council issued a thousand-word press release which denounces President Obama for his “sexual experimentation” in nominating Eric Fanning for US Army Secretary. An excerpt: What the White House didn’t destroy with budget cuts, it devastated with sexual experimentation. Now, with the Army desperately struggling to meet recruitment goals, President Obama is nominating an activist who ...

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Senate Finally Sets Confirmation Hearing For Openly Gay US Army Secretary Nominee Eric Fanning

The Hill reports: A Senate confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, President Obama’s pick for Army secretary, is now scheduled for next week, months after he was nominated. Fanning stepped aside as acting Army secretary last week, after senators raised concerns that he was in the position without being yet confirmed. The confirmation hearing for Fanning, who would be the first ...

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Openly Gay Army Acting Secretary Eric Fanning Steps Aside As Senate Drags Feet On His Confirmation

The Associated Press reports: Acting Army Secretary Eric Fanning is stepping aside, at least temporarily, because Senate hasn’t confirmed his nomination, officials said Monday. The Army’s undersecretary, Patrick Murphy, was confirmed last week, so he will oversee the Army. Fanning is expected to step down and move into another Pentagon post for now. He would return to the Army leadership ...

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US Army Warns Against Gun Nuts

Via the Stars & Stripes: The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel ...

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US Army General Introduces His Husband At Pentagon Gay Pride Event

Via the anti-gay Washington Times: A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas. “My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. ...

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REPORT: Gay US Soldiers In Afghanistan Are Using Craigslist For Hook-Ups

The wingnut-o-sphere is outraged about an Army Times report that gay US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan are using Craigslist to hook up with each other.  Military investigators are busting those caught. Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Afghanistan are tracking service members who are hooking up in the war zone via Internet sites such as Craigslist and busting ...

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Right Wing Sites Go Nuts On Claim That Army Calls Evangelicals “Extremists”

Making the rounds this weekend on many right wing sites: A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned. We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be ...

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Army Tells Atheist Former West Point Cadet: You Owe Us $250K For Resigning

Back in December, West Point cadet Blake Page resigned, saying he could no longer stomach the incessant proselytizing by Christian commanders.  Now the Army wants Page to pay them as much as $250,000 in tuition reimbursements. The notification this week that he would be hit up for the fees blindsided Blake Page, 24, who says that top leadership at West ...

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West Point Hosts First Gay Wedding

A West Point graduate got married today in the first same-sex wedding ever held on the legendary military academy’s campus. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in a ceremony conducted by a senior Army chaplain. The ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military ...

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Meet Your First Out U.S. General

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network reports the big news via press release: Former Army Colonel Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. military. She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in a private ceremony which took place today at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. BG ...

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Anti-US Protests Widen In Afghanistan

The Taliban has announced that it will now behead any American soldier captured in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Held In
Mass Slaying Of 16 Afghan Civilians

An unnamed U.S. Army staff sergeant is being held after he walked off base and went door-to-door shooting Afghan women and children to death. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have issued public apologies to the Afghan goverment. CNN reports this afternoon that the suspect had only been in Afghanistan for two months before he “cracked” and ...

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Army Approves Atheist Concert

With the Army’s approval, there will be an “atheist concert” at Fort Bragg. I have no idea what an atheist concert would be like. “You know those goosebumps you get when your favorite song hits that sweet spot? I got those,” said Sgt. Justin Griffith, main organizer of the event and the military director of American Atheists, in an email. ...

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BREAKING: Pentagon Orders Halt To DADT Dismissals, Welcomes Openly Gay Troops

Just in from the Army Times: The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals. The moratorium issued Friday came after a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court in California ordering the Defense Department to immediately stop enforcing ...

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U.S. Army Launches DADT Info Site

Via press release: In preparation of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the Army has launched a new website to provide servicemembers and their families the most up-to-date information about the change. The website features current news articles, key facts, frequently asked questions and additional resources. It is just one of the many training resources the Army ...

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Army Issues DADT Guidelines

The U.S. Army has posted a number of DADT-related guidelines on its official site where it notes that due to DOMA “there will be no changes to eligibility standards for military benefits and services.” Meaning no on-base housing for gay couples and no medical care for spouses. Here’s the Army list “Top Ten Things Soldiers Need To Know” about the ...

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Dan Choi Refuses To Pay Army

Lt. Dan Choi has issued a public letter to the president in which he says he will not pay a $2500 debt the Army claims he owes as a result of being discharged early under DADT. Embiggen the above image for the complete letter.

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Army Birther Convicted On All Counts

Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin, the Army birther who said he didn’t have to obey the orders of his “illegitimate” commander in chief, has been found guilty on four felony counts of military disobedience at his court-martial. “I am extremely sorry for everything that has come of this,” Lakin said during unsworn testimony in the sentencing phase of his trial. “As ...

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Tweet Of The Day – Lt. Dan Choi

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NEW YORK CITY: Army Accepts Re-Enlistment Of Lt. Dan Choi

Matthew Rettenmund reports at Boy Culture that the U.S. Army today accepted the re-enlistment of Lt. Dan Choi. It took Choi a few minutes of knocking to be admitted to the Times Square military recruitment center, which is on a traffic island between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. According to Rettenmund’s report, Choi merely has to supply some medical paperwork tomorrow ...

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