I've been reading through several news sites tonight and I just picked up on a great story about a US Air Force pilot who probably saved a lot of US Military lives in the early goings of the Iraq War. Now let's get one thing straight, I initially agreed with the reason for going into Iraq, but I no longer agree with it. I support Obama's decision to pull our troops out by next year. I always, 100% side with our brave men and women who are putting themselves in harm's way. Now today, I came upon this story on TV. Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fehrenbach. He was promoted to Lt. Colenel in 2006. He's part of the 325th Fighter Wing Mission that serves off of Tyndall Air Force Base flying F-15C's and F-22 Raptors. He's been in the Air Force for 18 years. He is just 2 years short of retirement. He's flown missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and has been awaiting re-deployment a new tour of duty. If you know anything about air force, he's Afelm JT Fly Trng. Back in 2003 this hero won the Air Medal for Heroism. Back in April, 2003 the Army was making the initial advance to capture Baghdad Int'l airport, Victor and his wingmen found an Iraqi ambush site of about 12 APCs that were less than a mile from the Army advance. At the time, his wingman was suffering from a major malfunction in his plane that prohibited him from deploying his weapons. Within a timespan of 20-30 minutes, he and his wingman were finally able to deploy all of their weapons and destroy the 8 APCs that were about to ambush the US Army on their mission to take Baghdad International Airport. They took out the entire enemy position and that night the Army captured Baghdad International Airport. Why am I posting this when there have been several hundred if not thousand of other US Soldiers, Seamen and Pilots who have each served their country heroicly and have also won medals, which some have even died for? Because this hero was 2 years away from retirement and is being discharged, against his will, from the Air Force. Is this because of bad behavior? No. He has an excellent record of service and has never had any problems. Then why, if this 18-year veteran who is an excellent Pilot of the US Air Force being discharged against his will, 2 years before he retires? Because he's openly gay. He's commanded squadrons, saved other American soldiers' lives and served with honor. But because he is different than we are, because he is sexually attracted to men, his sexuality trumps the incredible record of service he's had over 18 years. Are you telling me that the most professionally trained, the meanest, the fiercest military in the world that can destroy any other enemy and accomplish any goal its given, cannot accept men or women who have different seuxality tastes than other people? This Don't Ask, Don't Tell law absolutely MUST be repealed immediately! Men and women who fight to save our country, who are more than willing to die to protect our freedom, must NOT be discriminated against. It's time to end prejudice and time to accept human beings for who they are - ESPEICALLY our heroic men and women in the US Military. Support Our Troops! ALL OF THEM!