Air Force Reserve Major Margaret Witt was a flight nurse with 18 years of service. A model of the perfect Air Force officer, she was decorated for evacuating wounded troops in the Middle East.
Witt went to great lengths to keep her sexuality a secret, sharing a home with her female partner some 250 miles from McChord Air Force Base.
But in 2004, a neighbor called the base to blow the whistle on their relationship. Because of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, Major Witt was suspended from service just two years short of retirement.
She received her discharge papers in March of 2006, at a time when the Air Force was short 121 flight nurses.
But Major Witt didn’t go quietly. More about that tomorrow.
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Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]