A Look Back: Lt. Col. Fehrenbach Won’t Be Discharged Under DADT, Keeps Pension

As we edge closer to Tuesday’s implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, Queerty is taking a look back at the some of the stories that have brought us to this point.




Well isn’t this just a happy bit of news: Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, the gay Air Force veteran who’s been fighting a discharge under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, will get to retire Oct. 1 with his full rank and benefits.

Fehrenbach, 41, who’s served for 20 years in missions that include Iraq and Afghanistan, says the news is a “great sense of relief,” after battling his discharge for the last three years after being forced to come out to commanders to fight what turned out to be baseless same-sex rape charges. His last day of active duty will be Sept. 30, the Pentagon informed him, apropos (to his knowledge) of nothing. The news should put an end to his lawsuit that challenged DADT as unconstitutional.

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