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posted Friday, June 14, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 24
Lesbian general receives second star - Patricia Rose is now the U.S. military's highest-ranking openly Gay officer
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Lesbian general receives second star - Patricia Rose is now the U.S. military's highest-ranking openly Gay officer

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Air Force Major Gen. Patricia 'Trish' Rose became the U.S. military's highest ranking out Gay officer May 31. She is married to retired Navy Lt. Julie Roth.

'Our congratulations go out to Major General Rose and Lieutenant Roth, both for General Rose's promotion and for their integrity in being honest and open about who they are,' said Allyson Robinson, Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN executive director. 'These are our core values, and they set an example for our troops that it is our courage and our diversity that make us strong.'

WIFE PINS HER NEW STAR
Rose's promotion ceremony was led by her direct supervisor, Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the first female four-star general in the U.S. Air Force. With a small crowd in attendance, Rose's wife pinned the second star to her uniform, signifying her promotion from brigadier to major general.

Rose is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A logistician, she's served assignments in both aircraft maintenance and transportation in seven different commands. Her reserve assignments include command of the 36th Aerial Port Squadron at McChord Air Force Base in Washington (now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord), where her squadron won the dual distinction of being selected for an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Mobility Command's Total Force Air Reserve Component Aerial Port Unit of the Year recognition.

MARRIED IN WASHINGTON
Rose and Roth were legally married in Washington, their home state, after Referendum 74 passed last year. When Rose earned her first star, she asked her friend and neighbor, Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, to pin it in a private promotion ceremony. Cammermeyer, a fellow Washingtonian, was ejected from the Washington National Guard for admitting she was Gay, and subsequently she became a prominent advocate for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Her story was told in the film Serving in Silence.

In her civilian capacity, Rose is the public relations and marketing director for a local hospital.

'I'm particularly proud of the Air Force, and of our Reserve components, for continuing to demonstrate that our diversity is our strength,' said Josh Seefried, co-chair of the OutServe-SLDN board of directors. 'Our best wishes go to Major General Rose and her wife - as well as our gratitude for their integrity in demonstrating the Air Force's commitment to family as well as to service.'

ABOUT OUTSERVE-SLDN
OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, with more than 50 chapters and 6,500 members around the world. It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.

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