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-- colonel victor -- bock who has been serving openly now for a year and a half good morning to you.
Lieutenant colonel this is a huge ruling some compare it to the desegregation -- military in the fifties to allowing women to serve in the seventies you were in the senate chamber.
Win this legislation passed tell us how it felt.
For me personally I'm I've been going through this ordeal for two years in seven months so.
I'm I was emotional I was overwhelmed.
But not just a great day for me I think a great day for the military for equal rights for the whole country.
Their attendance tens of thousands of service members gay lesbian who are serving all over the world.
And I know it's a great day for them as well -- it's a chance for them to continue to serve to do so with dignity and integrity.
And to not serve in -- anymore so it's a it was a great day.
Oh well colonel I don't have to tell you did -- Senator John McCain led the opposition against this repeal.
He said yesterday that it was a sad day let me play you what he said get you to respond.
Days -- very sad day I understand the other side's argument as to have their social political agenda.
But to somehow allege that it is harmed our military.
Is not justified.
By the fact.
What's your response to him saying that -- Don't Ask Don't Tell somehow -- -- -- Full of firstly say that I'm I'm I'm a little disappointed in senator McCain's comments particularly because.
Senator McCain has been a hero to me for over twenty years he's actually the reason I served in the military the reason I joined in the first place I felt that I -- Senator McCain.
It's to repay with my service because of the sacrifices in the service that he made his country so I personally it was his very disappointed and say that to say that.
My service finite CNET here's an air force -- some kind of political agenda.
But I would say to Senator McCain is this is just gonna make the the military stronger across the board justice racial integration dated June 2 in the fifties.
And gender women in combat units did in -- seventies and eighties.
The military's gonna be stronger now.
Well certainly admiral Mike Mullen chairman of the joint she shares your sentiment he said the military will be stronger because of this ruling but the marine common dot.
General James analysts said there's the strong potential for disruption at these small unit level.
As this is implemented.
Not right away but over several months perhaps even a year do you expect some major hiccups along the way -- do you think this will be a smooth transition.
I think it will be -- -- tradition and and why I think that is because as you mentioned.
I've been serving openly now in my -- for over a year and a half and I don't need a -- to tell me anything theoretical -- tell me that.
Military people are professional they're dedicated to the mission in the discipline.
And that we are we were focused on executing the mission.
And we only care that the person next to us is that loves their country they wanna -- they're dedicated mission as well they're able to do their job.
I think this is going to be just as it was in the UK and Israel.
As -- chiefs.
-- military says that this is gonna be a non issue and it's just gonna make their military stronger and it will with ours as well.
Well tonight colonel victor -- but congratulations on the ruling yesterday.
And thanks so much for coming in with your personal story you have a lot of -- -- Thank you very much -- you thank you for your service as well.
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