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Loud and proud
Military culture will undergo a quiet transformation today, as some of the estimated 49,000 gay troops on active duty will be allowed to come forward publicly when the 18-year-old law barring gays from serving openly goes away.
The Defense Department is not planning any public events to observe the change, which Congress approved in December. But for many gay troops, the milestone will permanently alter the way they interact with their co-workers.
“It will mean when people ask me what I did this weekend, I can actually tell them,” said Marine Capt. Sarah Pezzat, who works at the Pentagon and lives with a woman whom she plans to marry in the District of Columbia in October.
Others say repeal won’t change their lives at all. The 2011 edition of the annual Military Times Poll shows that more than 61 percent of the 1,019 active-duty respondents believe repeal will have little or no effect on their day-to-day operations and missions, while just 12 percent think repeal will have a major impact.
Similarly, 57 percent said repeal will have no affect on them as individuals. The percentage of service members who support allowing gays to serve openly also reached its highest level in all services since the Military Times Poll began asking the question. source – Marine Corps Times
The song remains the same
At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood nearly two years after a deadly shooting rampage at the base, Fox News has learned exclusively.
Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there.
Abdo, 21, was found with weapons, explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.
Eric Vasys, a spokesman with the FBI’s San Antonio Office, said authorities found firearms and bomb making components, which he described as smokeless gun powder, inside Abdo’s motel room. Sources also say Abdo was attempting to make a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, the same ammunition store where Major Nidal Hasan purchased weapons that were allegedly used to gun down 13 people and wound 30 others on Nov. 5, 2009.
Law enforcement officials suspect Abdo was planning an attack in or around Ft. Hood, though they say the exact target is not clear.
Bob Jenkins, a Fort Campbell spokesman, told Fox News that Abdo was also being investigated for child pornography found on his government computer.
Abdo went AWOL on July 4. On the eve of his first deployment to Afghanistan — after only one year in the Army — Abdo applied for conscientious objector status. It was denied by his superiors at Ft. Campbell but later overturned by the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army review board. source – Fox News