It looks like Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach will be able to retire from the U.S. Air Force next month with full honors and benefits. The Pentagon announced today that it is ceasing to process any discharges of soldiers for being openly gay. The Army Times also reported that the military will begin to accept openly gay and lesbian recruits.
This week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the immediate end to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Last December, President Obama signed a repeal of DADT into law.
Following a decorated career as a combat pilot, Fehrenbach was grounded at Mountain Home Air Force Base when he was outed as gay. In September 2008, under DADT, his commander recommended Fehrenbach for separation from the U.S. Air Force.
"This isn't a gay-rights agenda for me," Fehrenbach told Citydesk last December. "This is not a liberal agenda, this is my life."
Fehrenbach learned last summer that the Air Force was moving forward with a possible discharge under DADT, but in the wake of today's announcement, Fehrenbach will comfortably wait out his retirement, which is scheduled for September.