On Friday, March 13th, veterans, activists and advocates from around the country will gather on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to urge lawmakers to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members. Hundreds of people are expected to descend on Washington and urge Congress, and the White House, to follow through on pledges to topple the military's ban, which results in the dismissal of two more service members every day.
Among the speakers at the March 13th gathering will be PFLAG's own Dan Tepfer (pictured), a retired Air Force Colonel . . . PFLAG National Board Member . . . and a leader in PFLAG's stellar Dayton, Ohio chapter.
Dan, who previously called for repeal in The Dayton Daily News, has been invited to share his thoughts about being a veteran, a father and a champion for repeal.
Dan served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1989. He was commissioned a second lieutenant through the AFROTC program after graduating with a BA in English from Butler University in Indianapolis. At retirement, he held the rank of Colonel. While on active duty he was stationed at: Duluth International Airport MN, Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Vandenberg AFB, CA, Maxwell AFB, AL; Defense Contract Administration Services office Pittsburgh, PA; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; and Hanscom AFB, MA. He served as an administrative officer, an Armed Forces courier, a Minuteman combat crew commander and instructor. The last 11 years of his career were in procurement. He worked in contract administration in downtown Pittsburgh, was a buyer in the KC-10 program office, was deputy director of contracts in the F-16 weapon system program and was director of contracts in the Joint STARS program. Col. Tepfer earned an MBA from the University of Montana in 1973 through the Minuteman Education Program. He is a graduate of the USAF Armed Forces Staff College (AFSC), and completed USAF Squadron Officers’ School (SOS) and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He is the recipient of numerous military awards, including USAF Legion of Merit, USAF Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the AF Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
In other words, Colonel Tepfer knows a thing or two about the armed services.
And he'll arrive in Washington to reiterate to lawmakers what he told readers of the Daily News: "It's time to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' an immoral policy that prohibits patriotic and qualified gay, lesbian and bisexual citizens from serving openly in the military."
And if you'll be in Washington on March 13th, you're invited to join Dan on Capitol Hill. The rally for repeal kicks off at 12noon.
To RSVP for the event, which is free and open to the public, click here to let the organizers at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network know that you'll be there, cheering Dan on and calling for repeal, too.