The days of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy appear to be coming to an end.
And a familiar face will be spearheading a review into the 16-year-old policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military – but only as long as they keep it a secret. From the New York Times story:
To lead a review of the policy, Mr. Gates appointed a civilian and a military officer: Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s top legal counsel, and Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of the United States Army in Europe. Pentagon officials said the review could take up to a year.
Ham previously served as deputy commanding general for training and readiness at I Corps. And he deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in December 2003 to lead Task Force Olympia, which oversaw combat operations by two Fort Lewis Stryker brigades (among other units).